Pop star Lizzo, also known as Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is embroiled in a legal battle as three of her former dancers file a lawsuit against her and others, alleging sexual harassment, discrimination, and a hostile work environment.
Accusations of Harassment and Assault
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, contains disturbing allegations that the dancers endured sexually denigrating behavior and were coerced into participating in explicit sex shows between 2021 and 2023.
One of the former dancers, Arianna Davis, claims that Lizzo pressured her to touch the breasts of another performer during a nightclub event in Amsterdam. Davis resisted but ultimately gave in, fearing that refusal might jeopardize her future on the team.
Lizzo, known for her body positivity and self-love advocacy, faces weight-shaming allegations alongside dance choreographer Tanisha Scott. Crystal Williams, one of the former dancers, accuses them of questioning her commitment to the dance cast due to her weight gain, leading Williams to feel pressured to disclose intimate personal details to keep her job.
Religious Beliefs and Discrimination
The lawsuit also implicates the dance team’s captain, Shirlene Quigley, for pushing her Christian beliefs onto the performers and ridiculing those engaging in premarital sex. Additionally, she is accused of openly discussing the virginity of one of the former dancers and even posting about it on social media.
Racial Discrimination and Pay Disparities
Allegations of racial discrimination are leveled against the production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc.’s management team. The lawsuit claims that black members of the dance troop were treated differently and subjected to stereotypes often used to disparage and discourage black women.
Furthermore, the plaintiffs allege that they were not fairly compensated during Lizzo’s European tour, receiving only 25% of their weekly pay during non-performing periods, while others received 50%. They also claim they were prohibited from working on other projects during the tour.
The three dancers involved in the lawsuit have different connections to Lizzo. Arianna Davis and Crystal Williams met Lizzo in March 2021 while preparing to compete on her reality TV show, “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.” Noelle Rodriguez, the third dancer, was hired later in May 2021 for Lizzo’s “Rumours” music video and subsequently joined the dance troop.
Response from Lizzo and Others
As news of the lawsuit broke, Lizzo and the others accused have been approached for comment, but no official statements have been released at this time.
In conclusion, the allegations against Lizzo and her team are serious and demand a thorough investigation to determine the truth. Harassment, discrimination, and pay disparities have no place in any industry, and it is essential to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
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