Former dancers accuse Lizzo of harassment and creating a hostile work environment

Three former dancers are accusing Lizzo, the Grammy-winning artist, of creating a hostile work environment including claims of sexual, racial, and religious harassment and false imprisonment.

Allegations in details: The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez, former dancers for Lizzo.
* It contains nine charges against Lizzo and her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc., spanning from May 2021 to May 2023.
* The dancers allege they were “weight-shamed, forced to endure sexually denigrating behavior, preaching about sexuality and Christianity, and pressured into participating in disturbing sex shows.”

Trial sought: They are demanding a jury trial for a better evaluation of their accusations.
* Ron Zambrano, WCEL attorney, in a statement, criticized the stark contrasts between Lizzo’s public persona and her private behavior.
* According to Zambrano, the artist and management’s behavior goes against everything Lizzo stands for publicly but privately weight-shaming dancers and demeans them in illegal and demoralizing ways.

Consequences: As per the lawsuit, the dancers were allegedly subjected to intolerable levels of harassment.
* This includes “repeated exposure of Plaintiffs to nudity against their will, pervasive habit of sharing lewd fantasies and tales of sexual encounters.”
* Some incidents detail Lizzo pressuring the employees to engage with nude performers against their will, and aggressive confrontations by Lizzo during resignations or dismissals.

Response awaited: At the time of writing, there had been no comment from Lizzo or her representatives regarding the lawsuit.

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