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Lizzo Faces Allegations Of Sexual Harassement From Six New People

Lizzo Faces Allegations Of Sexual Harassement From Six New People

Lizzo singing with backup dancers behind her.
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More former dancers have come forward with claims of a “sexually charged environment."

More people have come forward with allegations against Lizzo in the wake of the bombshell lawsuit filed against the pop star last week by three of her former backup dancers who are claiming sexual harassment and weight shaming.

At least six people who previously worked with the “About Damn Time” singer have come forward “with similar stories” and are being vetted by the attorneys representing the suit against Lizzo, according to a statement from the plaintiff's lawyer Ron Zambrano.

His law firm, which focuses on employment law, is reviewing complaints from dancers who worked on the singer’s reality competition show Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.

Zambrano said in the statement that the three original dancers who came forward with allegations against Lizzo “have bravely spoken out and shared their experiences, opening the door for others to feel empowered to do the same" and that new allegations are of a “sexually charged environment” and "failure to pay employees."

The lawyer went on to say that it is still too soon to know which of the claims are actionable and which are not.

Last week dancers Arianna Davis, Noelle Rodriguez, and Crystal Williams accused the pop star, who has built her brand on body positivity, of weight shaming, creating a hostile work environment, and sexual harassment, among other things.

The three plaintiffs allege that Lizzo pressured them into going to a sex show in Amsterdam’s red light district while they were on tour, where the “Good as Hell” songstress “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.”

Davis also claims in the suit that she was once forced to “soil herself” on stage during an “excruciating” re-audition because she feared the “repercussions” of leaving to use the bathroom. She was then fired “on the spot” after the Grammy winner discovered the dancer had recorded a meeting, despite the fact that the recording was an accommodation for a disability.

Williams says she was fired after challenging Lizzo in a meeting and Rodriguez reportedly resigned in solidarity with her fellow dancers and alleges in the lawsuit that she “feared that Lizzo intended to hit her and would have done so if one of the other dancers had not intervened.”

“The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly, while privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in ways that are … absolutely demoralizing,” Zambrano said in a statement.

Since the lawsuit hit, Lizzo released a statement on Instagram where she said, “My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized. Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”

The singer also wrote that the claims were “sensationalized” and said she is not a “villain.”

As of this writing Lizzo has not released a statement addressing the new allegations.

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Ariel Messman-Rucker

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.