Lizzo Sued For Sexual Harassment By Former Backup Dancers

The suit also alleges that Lizzo fostered a hostile working environment.

Lizzo is known for taking an unapologetic stance for female representation and body positivity, but her former backup dancers are painting a different picture these days.

On Tuesday, three former backup dancers for the “Good As Hell” singer filed a complaint in a Los Angeles court, as reported by The Washington Post. In the complaint, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez allege they were exposed to a “sexually charged and uncomfortable” work environment and that harassment was “so severe or pervasive” that it made their employment conditions “intolerable.” The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages for unpaid wages and loss of earnings, and compensation for emotional distress.

Named in the complaint are reps for Lizzo and her production company Big Grrrl Big Touring, and a dance captain for the singer named Shirlene Quigley.

The complaint describes a moment when Lizzo inappropriately reacted to the weight gain of one of the plaintiffs, along with cursing and yelling at performers. The suit also recounts an incident in Amsterdam when the Grammy winner coerced Davis to touch the breast of a nude performer.

In another allegation, Williams claimed she confronted Lizzo and was fired in a public setting by one of the singer’s agents about a week later. On the other hand, Davis alleged she was let go after she recorded a meeting with the star so she could review it for feedback purposes. According to the complaint, that moment led Rodriguez to resign.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Ron Zambrano. “The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly”, he said

Ariana Davis along with another dancer were cast in the singer’s reality show, Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls , which ran for one season in 2022. According to the outlet, the other dancer was hired separately. All dancers were under Lizzo’s umbrella from spring 2021 to early summer 2023.

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