Three former dancers for Grammy-winning singer Lizzo accused her of making a hostile work setting, together with weight shaming and sexually denigrating conduct, in a lawsuit launched on Tuesday.
The lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court docket named Lizzo, whose actual identify is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, her manufacturing firm Huge Grrrl Huge Touring Inc and the captain of her dance staff, Shirlene Quigley, court docket paperwork confirmed.
A consultant for Lizzo didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The complaints filed by plaintiffs Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez embody harassment primarily based on intercourse, faith, race and incapacity.
Within the lawsuit, the dancers claimed they had been coerced into touching nude performers at an Amsterdam strip membership in late February.
The swimsuit additionally acknowledged that Davis was pressured to take part in a nude picture shoot to remain in a dance competitors regardless of her discomfort. She claimed she feared dropping her job if she didn’t adjust to Lizzo’s requests.
“The gorgeous nature of how Lizzo and her administration staff handled their performers appears to go in opposition to every thing Lizzo stands for publicly, whereas privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in methods that aren’t solely unlawful however completely demoralizing,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Ron Zambrano, mentioned in an announcement.
The lawsuit alleged that Quigley harassed the dancers by subjecting them to her spiritual beliefs in opposition to their will.
“Ms. Quigley was not solely vocal about her spiritual perception however took each alternative to proselytize to any and all in her presence no matter protestations,” the lawsuit acknowledged.
The plaintiffs’ claimed that Quigley pressured the subject of Davis’ virginity into conversations and interviews and on social media the place she publicly revealed private particulars about Davis with out her consent.
Davis and Williams had been finally fired whereas Rodriguez resigned over the conduct, the lawsuit mentioned.
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