Lizzo allegedly ‘weight shames’ and sexually harasses dancers

Lizzo has been accused of ‘demeaning’ dancers in ‘absolutely demoralizing’ way

By Betty Cruise August 01, 2023
Lizzo allegedly ‘weight shames’ and sexually harasses dancers
Lizzo allegedly ‘weight shames’ and sexually harasses dancers

Lizzo is facing some really shocking allegations.

The singer is being sued by three former dancers who claim she sexually harassed them and created a toxic work environment.

The dancers filed a lawsuit against Lizzo on Tuesday (August 1). Among other things, they claim that she pressured one of them to touch a nude performer at an Amsterdam club and body-shamed a performer following an appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival.

"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 not only illegal but absolutely demoralizing," the dancers' lawyer, Ron Zambrano, stated to NBC News.

Former dancers Arianna Davis and Crystal Williams, who both started working with Lizzo in 2021 after participating in her reality program Watch Out for the Big Grrrls and were later fired, are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Additionally hired in 2021 was Nancy Rodriguez, who had previously appeared in Lizzo's "Rumors" music video. Rodriguez left this year before.

Davis claims Lizzo and her choreographer made comments about her weight, adding that she felt "less committed to her role," which she interprets as a "thinly veiled" criticism of her physical appearance.

The lawsuit also describes a visit to the Amsterdam strip club Bananenbar following a performance earlier this year.

Lizzo allegedly "began inviting cast members to take turns touching the performers," per the suit. "Lizzo then turned her attention to Ms. Davis and began pressuring Ms. Davis to touch the [front] of one of the women."

Lizzo allegedly led a group shout to get Davis to touch the woman when she refused to do so. In the lawsuit, Lizzo is also accused of pressuring one of her employees to "take it off" on stage at the club.

"Plaintiffs were aghast with how little regard Lizzo showed for the bodily autonomy of her employees and those around her, especially in the presence of many people whom she employed," the suit states.

In addition, the lawsuit makes claims of wrongful detention, harassment on the basis of race and religion, interference with future economic advantage, and other things. Lizzo, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Lizzo's production firm, and Shirlene Quigley, her dance captain, are all defendants.