I told you a long time ago that we were sick and tired of seeing Lizzo all over our timeline; now, Lizzo, we want to know if the rumors that you sexually harassed and body-shamed your backup dancers are true.
On Tuesday, Lizzo was served with a massive lawsuit containing numerous allegations, including sexual harassment, from three of her former dancers, Arianna Davis, Noelle Rodriguez, and Crystal Willaims. In their lawsuit, the dancers also accused Lizzo of creating a hostile work environment. The three women also claimed that the artist forced them to touch a naked performer in an Amsterdam club and to go through an “excruciating” audition after falsely accusing them of drinking on the job.
For someone to go to the internet every time someone body-shames her, Lizzo, how dare you bully and pick on women who look exactly like you, phat and black. The dancers claimed in their lawsuit that Lizzo singled out one of them and spoke about her weight gain before firing her.
The lawsuit named Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, and her production company as defendants. In addition, the lawsuit claimed religious and racial harassment, false imprisonment, interference with prospective economic advantage, and other claims.
According to the lawsuit, Lizzo’s afterparties were routine and non-mandatory, but those who attended were favored by Lizzo and had greater job security. The women claimed that Lizzo “began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers, catching dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas, and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas” at Amsterdam’s Bananebar strip club.” According to the suit, Lizzo “then turned her attention to Ms. Davis and began pressuring her to touch one of the naked women’s breasts.”
Arianna Davis declined to touch the breast of the naked woman, according to the lawsuit. Lizzo allegedly continued to pressure her to touch the woman’s breast by leading a chant after that. Before the chant “grew louder and more strident, demanding a visibly uncomfortable Ms. Davis to engage with the performer,” Davis claimed she declined three more times. According to the lawsuit, Davis finally caved and touched the performer for a split second as the group erupted in laughter.
Lizzo then allegedly pushed a member of her security staff onto the stage and began yelling, “take it off,” according to the lawsuit.
Plaintiffs were aghast with how little regard Lizzo showed for the bodily autonomy of her employees and those around her, especially in the presence of many people whom she employed,”the suit says.
A week later, after a performance in Paris, Lizzo invited her dancers to a club so “they could learn something or be inspired by the performance,” according to the suit. “What Lizzo forgot to mention when she invited the dancers to this performance was that it was a naked cabaret bar.”
The plaintiffs were “shocked that Lizzo would conceal the nature of the event from them, robbing them of the choice not to participate,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claimed that comments described as racial harassment were “charged with racial and fat-phobic animus” by tour company employees.
The former dancers requested compensation for their downtime at a rate of 50% of their weekly pay, according to the lawsuit. The dancers were reprimanded for being “unacceptable and disrespectful” by the accountant, who offered them 25%.
“Only the dance cast — comprised of full-figured women of color — were ever spoken to in this manner,” according to the suit.