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Lizzo Faces Sexual Harassment Lawsuit from Former Dancers

Grammy-winning singer Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is facing a lawsuit filed by three former dancers accusing her of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also names Lizzo’s production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc. (BGBT), and Shirlene Quigley, the captain of Lizzo’s dance team, as defendants. The lawsuit alleges sexual and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment.

The plaintiffs, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, claim that Lizzo weight-shamed one of the dancers, and two others were pressured into nude photo shoots. Additionally, one woman alleges she was almost assaulted by Lizzo. The incident occurred during a night out in Amsterdam, where Lizzo supposedly encouraged her crew to touch nude performers and engage in explicit sexual acts. Another incident took place at a nude cabaret bar in Paris, where the women claim they were surprised by the explicit content of the show, which Lizzo had allegedly concealed from them.

The lawsuit also accuses Lizzo and BGBT’s management team of racial harassment, with Black dancers reportedly being treated differently and subjected to disparaging comments and attitudes. Davis and Williams claim they were pressured into a nude photo shoot during Lizzo’s reality TV show, and Davis further alleges that her weight gain was used against her during auditions. She says Lizzo questioned her commitment to the tour, and Lizzo and the choreographer dismissed her mental health struggles, offering therapy time off dismissively.

In May 2023, Davis was fired after Lizzo accused her of recording a meeting, resulting in a confrontation that allegedly involved Lizzo preparing to attack Rodriguez before being restrained by other dancers.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial. Lizzo and her representatives have not yet responded publicly to the lawsuit.

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Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay is an American broadcaster, media blogger, and podcast host. Currently, Ruben is the President of MultiMediaMouth.com and the executive producer and host of the popular podcasts You’re My Best Friend and ON AIR with Ruben Jay, exclusively on MultiMediaMouth.com. Follow Ruben on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok @TheRubenJay.

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