Singer Lizzo is defending herself in a harassment case filed by several dancers.
U.S. singer Lizzo has denied the “false” charges made against her by three former dancers, who claim she sexually harassed them and fostered an unsafe work environment.
The last several days have been “gut-wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing” according to the singer.
It’s not my policy to reply to false accusations, but these are too absurd to ignore.
Racist and anti-religious harassment claims are also included in the case.
The lawsuit also includes allegations of discrimination, violence, and wrongful detention.
Former dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez are suing the artist, the dance captain, and Big Grrrl Big Touring (BGBT) for discrimination.
After hearing about the alleged harassment of her coworkers, Ms. Rodriguez resigned from the dance team, joining Ms. Davis and Ms. Williams in their dismissal.
On Wednesday Ms Williams told CBS she wanted to ensure that other dancers who work with Lizzo “don’t have to go through that same experience”.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles, claims the dancers were coerced into attending sex shows and engaging in sexual activity with the other dancers there between the years 2021 and 2023.
The allegations against Melissa Viviane Jefferson, better known as Lizzo, state that the latter “pressured Ms Davis to touch the breasts” of a performer at an Amsterdam nightclub, and that after initially refusing, Davis gave in “fearing it may harm her future on the team” if she didn’t comply.