Lizzo dubs herself as 'no villian' while addressing harassment accusations

Three of Lizzo's team members accused the singer of sexual assault and verbal harassment

By Madison Raymond August 05, 2023
Lizzo dubs herself as no villian while addressing harassment accusations
Lizzo dubs herself as 'no villian' while addressing harassment accusations

Lizzo has spoken out after three of her former backup dancers sued the singer this week, accusing her of fostering a hostile work environment and of sexual and racial harassment.

The 35-year-old singer of About Damn Time posted a lengthy statement on social media on August 04, 2023 in which she said that the accusations against her were "too outrageous" to ignore and that she is "not the villain."

“These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelming disappointing,” her post on Instagram began. “My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized. Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous not to be addressed.”

Lizzo, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc., her production business, and Shirlene Quigley, the leader of her dance troupe, were named defendants in a case filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez claim that Lizzo coerced them into touching naked dancers at an Amsterdam club and that they were exposed to weight shaming in the lawsuit, which was made available to People magazine by the plaintiffs' legal team.

Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson, resumed to answer the claims in her statement, “These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.”

“As an artist I have always been very passionate about what I do. I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans. With passion comes hard work and high standards. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions but it’s never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an important part of the team.”

“I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days. I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not," she said.