Lizzo has misplaced over 154,000 followers on Instagram following accusations of sexual harassment and a hostile work setting.
The accusations towards the singer arose on Tuesday (August 1), when three of her former backup dancers filed a lawsuit towards her.
The dancers – Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez – title Lizzo, her manufacturing firm Huge Grrrl Huge Touring Inc., and her dance group captain Shirlene Quigley as defendants.
The rapper, singer, songwriter and actress is accused of pressuring a co-worker to the touch a unadorned performer in an Amsterdam membership and subjecting dancers to “excruciating” auditions. It additionally cites claims of spiritual and racial harassment, false imprisonment, interference with potential financial benefit and extra.
Yesterday (August 3), Lizzo responded to the accusations by way of an announcement on her official social media channels, claiming that the allegations are “false”.
“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,” she wrote within the publish. “I’m very open with my sexuality and expressing myself however I can’t settle for or permit individuals to make use of that openness to make me out to be one thing I’m not.
“I’m hurt but I will not let the good work I’ve done in the world be overshadowed by this. I want to thank everyone who has reached out in support to lift me up during this difficult time.”
Nevertheless, within the days because the allegations first got here to gentle, it seems that the artist has misplaced over 154,000 followers on her Instagram web page.
As reported by CrowdTangle – which is operated and owned by Instagram’s proprietor Meta – the ‘Good As Hell’ singer’s official Instagram web page misplaced greater than 14,800 followers on the day that the lawsuit went public.
This quantity plummeted additional the next day, when she reportedly misplaced one other 92,700 followers, and yesterday, regardless of her sharing an announcement denying the allegations, she continued to lose one other 47,200 followers on the platform.
As highlighted by Billboard, with Lizzo nonetheless boasting near 13.5million followers on the platform, these figures imply that she has solely misplaced round 1.14 per cent of her whole followers.
Following the accusations, documentarian and photographer Sophia Nahli Allison has since mentioned that she stop a undertaking with Lizzo in 2019 after being “treated with such disrespect by her”.
Lizzo performs at Qudos Financial institution Area on July 23, 2023 in Sydney, Australia CREDIT: Don Arnold/WireImage
“I witnessed how arrogant, self-centered, and unkind she is,” the Academy Award nominee wrote. “I was not protected and was thrown into a shitty situation with little support. My spirit said to run as fast as you fucking can and I’m so grateful I trusted my gut.”
NME has reached out to Lizzo’s representatives for remark.
Extra just lately, it was reported earlier immediately that Lizzo has employed the lawyer who represented Invoice Cosby for her sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawyer, Marty Singer, has labored on latest circumstances towards Jonah Hill, Johnny Depp and extra.
Moreover, the three dancers have responded to Lizzo’s 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 instructed Channel 4 in an interview.
“I think the overall theme in all this is that our experiences were our experiences and our traumas were our traumas. In bringing that forward, it feels like it was disregarded completely. It feels like we were made out to be putting out false allegations when that’s not the case.”