Two of the dancers who filed a lawsuit against Lizzo for sexual harassment have given an interview in which they claim they attempted to address the matter internally but were met with resistance.
Recently, three former dancers, Crystal Williams, Arianna Davis, and Noelle Rodriguez, accused Lizzo of fostering a hostile work environment and engaging in sexual harassment, among other allegations. The lawsuit also implicates Lizzo's dance team captain, Shirlene Quigley, and the production company Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc.
In response, Lizzo expressed feeling "hurt" by what she characterized as sensationalized allegations and enlisted Marty Singer, a lawyer known for his involvement in high-profile cases.
Williams and Rodriguez, speaking to Sky News, asserted that they initially aimed to resolve the issue internally before pursuing legal action. However, they claim their efforts were met with a rebuttal from Lizzo's team.
Addressing Lizzo's assertion that the dancers had been "unprofessional," Williams clarified that these statements weren't directed at them individually but at the entire dance cast as a whole.
Williams further explained that the claims of unprofessional behavior emerged after the dancers requested a retainer for their work with Lizzo.
Rodriguez noted that such treatment is commonplace in the entertainment industry, highlighting the prevalence of fat-shaming in the music business.
Lizzo responded to the lawsuit, stating, "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 emphasized her dedication to her craft while expressing her intention to create an inclusive and comfortable environment for her team.
In return, the three dancers found Lizzo's statement disheartening, with Williams expressing disappointment in Channel 4's interview, indicating that it further deepened her sense of feeling mistreated and undervalued.
See the interview below: