The three dancers who sued Lizzo for sexual harassment, discrimination and different claims are displeased with the Grammy winner’s response to their bombshell lawsuit.
“Lizzo has failed her personal model and has let down her followers,” Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez stated in a press release to Web page Six Thursday through their legal professional Ron Zambrano.
“Her denial of this reprehensible conduct solely provides to our purchasers’ emotional misery.”
The dancers then slammed Lizzo’s “dismissive feedback” about their scenario and “utter lack of empathy,” stating they’re “fairly telling about her character” and alleging they “solely serve to reduce the trauma she has brought about the plaintiffs and different workers who’ve now come ahead sharing their very own unfavorable experiences.”
Davis, Williams and Rodriguez concluded through their lawyer, “Whereas Lizzo notes it was by no means her intention ‘to make anybody really feel uncomfortable,’ that’s precisely what she did to the purpose of demoralizing her dancers and flagrantly violating the regulation.”
Lizzo, 35, took to social media early Thursday morning to deal with the scandalous claims made about her in her former colleagues’ swimsuit, which was filed on Tuesday and beforehand obtained by Web page Six.
The “About Rattling Time” singer stated in response to the backlash she’s acquired, “My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized.
“Normally I select not to answer false allegations however these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
Lizzo then appeared to put the blame on the plaintiffs by noting that they allegedly had been former workers who “already publicly admitted” that their conduct whereas touring together with her had been “inappropriate and unprofessional.”
She then appeared to defend her actions, explaining that together with her “ardour” comes “exhausting work and excessive requirements” and she or he has to “make exhausting choices.”
The “Particular” singer additionally famous that she was not making an attempt to painting herself as a “sufferer” however insisted she shouldn’t be “the villain” that she has been made out to be this week.
Lizzo — who was accused within the swimsuit of pressuring her dancers to attend intercourse exhibits in Europe, by which they’d allegedly eat bananas out of the membership performers’ vaginas — added, “I’m very open with my sexuality and expressing myself however I can’t settle for or enable individuals to make use of that openness to make me out to be one thing I’m not.”
She stated there’s “nothing” she takes extra severely than “the respect” ladies deserve and in addition denied ever weight-shaming any of her colleagues, which was one of many allegations Davis made within the swimsuit.
The “Reality Hurts” singer concluded, “I’m damage however I can’t let the great work I’ve performed on this planet be overshadowed by this. I wish to thank everybody who has reached out in assist to carry me up throughout this troublesome time.”
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Lizzo left the feedback part of her Instagram publish open, which allowed for a number of individuals to weigh in with their ideas.
Whereas some confirmed assist for the musician, others agreed with Davis, Williams and Rodriguez that Lizzo didn’t seem like taking accountability for her actions.
“‘I’m very open with my sexuality’ doesn’t imply your dancers need/ should be as open,” one critic wrote. “RESPECT THEIR CHOICES”
One other fan added, “Girllll this stated an entire lot of nothing. Everybody runs round saying ‘consider all ladies’ ‘consider victims’ however now that the aggressor is a lady, y’all wanna consider this PR written assertion?
“She straight out denies the fats shaming however dances across the subject of sexual harassment… okay no. And making an attempt to make YOURSELF a sufferer and pull a uno reverse is a few WILD s–t to do.”
Lizzo, her manufacturing firm Massive Grrrl Massive Touring, Inc., and dance captain Shirlene Quigley are additionally named as defendants within the lawsuit. The latter is accused of talking inappropriately about her sexual fantasies and masturbatory habits in entrance of dancers whereas additionally proselytizing.
Because the allegations turned public, different individuals who beforehand labored with the “Good As Hell” singer have come ahead to share their very own experiences and again up the three dancers’ claims.
Dancer Courtney Hollinquest alleged through her Instagram Story on Tuesday that what the professional dancers claimed within the swimsuit was “very a lot [her] expertise in [her] time there.”
Quinn Whitney Wilson, Lizzo’s former inventive director, then reposted Hollinquest’s assertion and wrote over it, “I haven’t been aside of that world for round three years, for a motive.”
Sophia Nahli Allison, who was employed to direct the pop star’s documentary, “Love, Lizzo,” stated on her social media that she stop after two weeks as a result of the singer was allegedly “conceited, self-centered and unkind.”
In the meantime, Beyoncé additionally poignantly disregarded Lizzo’s identify from “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)” throughout a tour cease in Massachusetts. Nevertheless, her mom, Tina Knowles, later denied that the omission was performed because of the lawsuit.