American pop star Lizzo has denied the accusations made by three of her former dancers, which include claims of sexual harassment and a negative work environment, stating that they are not true.
Lizzo called the last few days “gut-wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing”.
“Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
The lawsuit contains additional allegations of religious and racial harassment. It includes claims of discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment. The singer is also accused of fat-shaming and pressuring a dancer to touch another performer’s breasts.
Lizzo has insisted she is “not the villain” as she is sued by three former dancers over allegations of sexual harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment.
Lizzo wrote in a statement posted to her Instagram.“These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing. 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 to not be addressed. 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.”
Lizzo concluded her statement by asserting that she does not wish to be seen as a victim in this situation, but she firmly states that she is “not the villain.”
Davis’ allegations against Lizzo include claims of being coerced into touching nude dancers during a live sex show in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, and being deprived of the choice not to participate in outings to nude cabaret bars.
Davis also mentioned feeling fat-shamed by Lizzo and choreographer Tanisha Scott, who called attention to her weight gain and questioned her commitment to her role.
She wrote: “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.”