The lawyer representing the three dancers who’re suing Lizzo for sexual harassment and making a hostile work atmosphere has claimed his agency are reviewing at the very least six new complaints in regards to the singer.
The complaints come from others who’ve toured with Lizzo or labored on her actuality present, Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Massive Grrrls. Employment lawyer Ron Zambrano advised NBC Information the brand new allegations element a “sexually charged environment” and failure to pay workers.
“Some of the claims we are reviewing may be actionable, but it is too soon to say,” Zambrano advised the outlet.
Zambrano additionally claimed that Lizzo as soon as known as out a dancer’s weight at South By Southwest throughout a post-show assembly and advised them it was “normal” for dancers to be “fired when they get fat”.
The unique lawsuit was filed by Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, who all labored for Lizzo until earlier this yr, when Davis and Williams have been fired and Rodriguez resigned. Lizzo’s manufacturing firm Massive Grrrl Massive Touring Inc. and her dance staff captain Shirlene Quigley have been additionally named as defendants.
The alleged incident of sexual harassment talked about within the go well with supposedly came about in a strip membership in Amsterdam, which they visited after a present earlier this yr. The dancers declare Lizzo allegedly bullied Davis into touching a nude performer, to the purpose the place she led a chant goading her into doing so till she ultimately gave in, regardless of declining a number of instances.
The go well with states that Lizzo “began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers, catching dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas, and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas,” persevering with: “Lizzo then turned her attention to Ms. Davis and began pressuring Ms. Davis to touch the breasts of one of the nude women.”
The go well with additionally alleges that Lizzo subjected the group to an “excruciating” audition, following 12 hours of rehearsal, after falsely accusing them of consuming on the job.
Additionally they claimed that, in contradiction to the singer’s physique constructive ethos that she promotes in her music, she known as consideration to Davis’ weight acquire by telling her she was “less committed” to her position and later berating and firing the dancer for recording a gathering due to a well being situation.
In the meantime, it accuses Quigley of proselytising to different performers and deriding those that had premarital intercourse whereas additionally discussing her sexual fantasies, simulating oral intercourse and publicly discussing the virginity of one of many plaintiffs.
Williams and Rodriguez later alleged in an interview with Sky Information that they tried to “settle” the disagreement “in-house” earlier than submitting a lawsuit, however declare they have been met with a “rebuttal” from Lizzo’s staff.
Lizzo performs reside. CREDIT: Joseph Okpako/Getty Photos
Lizzo’s lawyer Marty Singer known as the lawsuit “specious”, whereas in her personal assertion, Lizzo stated she was “hurt” and denied the allegations.
“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,” she stated.
She added: “As an artist I’ve all the time been very captivated with what I do. I take my music and my performances severely as a result of on the finish of the day I solely wish to put out the very best artwork that represents me and my followers.
“With ardour comes onerous work and excessive requirements. Generally I’ve to make onerous selections however it’s by no means my intention to make anybody really feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an vital a part of the staff.
“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.”
The three dancers then responded to her assertion, saying it was “disheartening” to learn. “Initially for me it just further deepened my disappointment in regards to how I was feeling and how I was treated,” Williams advised Channel 4 in an interview.
NME has approached Lizzo’s representatives for remark.