Lizzo accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit by 3 dancers

Lizzo accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit by 3 dancers

Three former dancers are suing Lizzo, alleging that she harassed them sexually and fostered a toxic work environment.

The Grammy-winning singer, whose actual name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is also charged with weight-shaming by dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, according to the Daily Mail. They reportedly allege Lizzo forced Davis to touch the breasts of a naked performer at an Amsterdam club.

According to the lawsuit, Lizzo allegedly advocated "catching dildos launched from the performers' vaginas and eating bananas protruding from the performers' vaginas," according to Daily Mail.

After taping a meeting with Lizzo and other dancers in April, Davis was later "berated" and fired. She decided to capture the discussion because she was experiencing a strange eye ailment at the time. The lawsuit claims that after discovering the video, Lizzo "became furious, hurling expletives at the group and stated that she was going to go around the room, person-by-person, until someone told Lizzo who made the recording."

Additionally, Lizzo is accused of making the dancers endure a "excruciating 12-hour rehearsal" after making a false accusation that they were drinking before performances.

Davis and Williams started working with Lizzo in 2021 after competing on her Amazon reality program, "Watch Out for the Big Grrrls," according to NBC News. Rodriguez was employed after appearing in Lizzo's music video "Rumors," claims the lawsuit. She resigned earlier this year after griping about Williams' open firing, according to the Daily Mail.

Lizzo allegedly "yelled a slur at her" and gave Rodriguez "two middle fingers" after she quit, according to the lawsuit, the source reports.

The lawsuit also names Lizzo's business, Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc., and her dancing captain, Shirlene Quigley.

Quigley is accused of berating dancers who had engaged in pre-marital sex and exchanging "lewd sexual fantasies."

NBC News quotes the three dancers' attorney Ron Zambrano as saying, "The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly."

Lizzo is accused by the plaintiffs of sexual harassment, fostering a hostile work environment, and handicap discrimination.

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