Detroit’s esteemed Lizzo, finds herself in the midst of a storm that’s casting a mean cloud over her shining reputation. Looks like three of her former backup dancers is no longer singing her praises, but they’re hitting some serious notes in a lawsuit that’s got all of us on edge.
Three former dancers, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez have come forward with allegations against the Grammy award-winning artist Lizzo.
According to CBS News, the suit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the dancers experienced significant discomfort, alleging that the “Good As Hell” singer pressured them into situations they describe as “debauchery” and went as far as to label them as “lazy” and “snarky” in racially biased taunts. One of the dancers, in the reported allegations, claimed she was coerced to touch a nude performer during their time in an Amsterdam club.
Adding to these troubling accusations, the lawsuit also suggests an instance where the group underwent a distressing audition following false accusations of drinking while on duty. In another instance, Lizzo, a well-known proponent of body positivity, is accused of harshly criticizing a dancer’s weight gain, then proceeding to terminate her contract after the dancer documented a meeting due to a health condition – the same Lizzo that’s been waving the flag for body positivity and empowerment all over the world.
Lizzo’s company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, and dance team captain, Shirlene Quigley, have also been named as defendants in the lawsuit. The claims in the suit encompass a range of offenses including religious and racial harassment, false imprisonment, interference with prospective economic advantage, and other allegations. However, not every claim was directed at each defendant.
The dancers have also raised concerns about a hostile work environment, with Davis alleging that she was fearful of losing her job to the extent of soiling her pants during a rehearsal rather than leaving to use the restroom. Subsequently, the suit alleges, she was given a see-through outfit without undergarments to complete the performance.
The lawsuit also mentions an incident of false imprisonment involving Lizzo’s production company. Reportedly, a member of Lizzo’s security team detained a performer in a room to search her phone for a video recording after a meeting.
In response to these severe allegations, Lizzo expressed her disappointment and dismissed the allegations as “unbelievable” and “outrageous”. She characterized the claims as “sensationalized stories” and said the former employees “have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.”
“These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing,” the 35-year-old singer shared on Instagram after NBC News was first to report on the lawsuit. “My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized,” she said.
As these allegations circulate, a severe blow has been dealt to Lizzo’s previously celebrated image of empowerment and body positivity.
The city always stood by its own. But these charges? They’ve got some folks side-eyeing Lizzo, wondering if she’s misrepresenting the 313.
Lizzo, born Melissa Viviane Jefferson, has always worn her Detroit badge with honor, shouting out the Motor City in her tracks and chats. But these troublesome allegations got the city feeling some type of way. We all know Detroit has a rhythm of its own, with a history drenched in soulful beats and a heart that beats strong for its artists. But now, the pulse is a little offbeat.
The Detroit family is split. Some are riding for Lizzo, saying these allegations are as inflated as a Woodward Dream Cruise hot rod tire. But others, they’re feeling let down, twisted up, and ‘mad as hell.’ This isn’t the Lizzo tune they’ve been vibing to.
In a city that doesn’t just listen to the music but feels it in its soul, this discord is causing more than just a few sour notes. The rhythm of Detroit is faltering, and we’re all waiting to see how this song plays out. Is this just a bridge to Lizzo’s next big hit, or has the music stopped for our homegrown superstar?
In the midst of this controversy, it’s crucial to remember that these are allegations, and due process is essential.
Lizzo may sing about feeling “Good As Hell,” but this legal fight might just be a tough gig to shake. As the lawsuit unfolds, one thing’s clear: Lizzo’s reputation in her hometown is facing a crossroad, and the city is waiting to see which way she turns. Stay tuned, Detroit. The next verse is coming.