Certainly one of Lizzo’s former backup dancers who has filed a lawsuit towards the singer has stated she is “contradicting the whole lot she stands for behind the scenes”.
The trio of dancers declare the singer pressured one in every of them into touching a nude performer at an Amsterdam membership, in addition to falsely accusing them of consuming on the job.
The lawsuit additionally accuses the captain of Lizzo’s dance workforce, Shirlene Quigley, of trying to transform the performers’ non secular beliefs and deriding those that had premarital intercourse, and likewise sharing lewd sexual fantasies and publicly discussing the virginity of one of many complainants.
Two of the performers, Arianna Davis and Crystal Williams, started performing with Lizzo after competing on her Amazon actuality present “Watch Out for the Huge Grrrls” in 2021 however have been each later fired.
The third, Noelle Rodriguez, was employed in the identical 12 months after performing within the video “Rumours” however resigned earlier this 12 months.
She instructed CBS Information when she expressed she was “proud” of herself for her work on the tour, Lizzo stated she was “anxious” about her at one level as a result of Ms Davis had placed on weight.
“I imagine she was making an attempt to allude to the truth that I used to be gaining weight in a manner that she would not get cancelled, if that is sensible,” Ms Davis stated.
“It was not a like, ‘you are fats, you are fired.’ It was by no means ‘you are gaining an excessive amount of weight,’ it was by no means blatant, it was very nuanced.”
Ms Davis claims Lizzo instructed the dancers they need to be grateful as a result of dancers would sometimes get fired in the event that they gained weight.
‘She’s contradicting the whole lot she stands for behind the scenes’
Ms Williams stated Lizzo’s message of physique positivity and equality for various races and genders made it her “absolute dream job”.
“We had this excessive begin, after which over time, as actuality sort of units in and also you’re seeing that the whole lot shouldn’t be the best way it appears, that there is quite a lot of issues that go on behind the scenes, your concepts of issues shortly begin to shift,” she instructed CBS Information.
“Every little thing that she stands for as an artist is a giant motive as to why I believe folks stand behind her as a lot as they do.
“To me, I simply could not sit with the truth that this was occurring behind the scenes, and it is a massive a part of her fan base, however she’s sort of contradicting the whole lot she stands for behind the scenes.”
‘Pressured into touching a nude performer’
The dancers stated Lizzo and Ms Quigley pressured them into going to a present in Amsterdam’s pink mild district, with Ms Davis saying she and Ms Rodriguez have been pressured into touching a nude performer.
Ms Davis stated she tried to disregard what was occurring however Lizzo singled her out, chanted her title and pressured her to the touch the performer although she stated no a number of occasions.
“She was sort of going round, inviting folks to the touch the nude performers. And I assume it was my flip,” Ms Davis stated.
She added: “I briefly touched (the performer), and everybody began laughing. It was humorous to them, as a result of me, of all folks, they see me as a really modest particular person. Me touching a nude particular person was hilarious to them.”
She stated she was “mortified”.
‘Falsely accused of consuming earlier than reveals’
The dancers additionally stated they have been falsely accused of consuming earlier than reveals, telling CBS Information that “was by no means the case”.
“The truth is, alcohol was by no means even allowed in our dressing room or on our rider, which is the meals and drinks offered to us. So, it was bodily unimaginable for us to try this,” Ms Davis stated.
“However we have been those that have been blamed for consuming on the job. It was said to us, by Lizzo, she was like, ‘It would not matter if I’m doing it, would not matter if the band, or anybody else is doing it, you guys cannot do it.'”
They stated they denied the accusations to Lizzo however Ms Davis and Ms Williams have been quickly let go from their jobs.
Lizzo is but to remark publicly on the allegations.