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02nd Aug 2023

Lizzo accused of alleged sexual harrassment in new lawsuit by dancers

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Lizzo has been accused of sexual harassment and weight-shaming in a shocking new lawsuit brought on by former dancers.

Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez have each claimed that they worked in a “hostile, abusive work environment” and have made allegations of sexual, religious and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.

They are issuing a second lawsuit against Lizzo’s Big Grrrl Big Touring production company and dance captain Shirlene Quigley over claims that she attempted to shame the dancers over their religious beliefs.

The dancers also claim that she shared “luridly detailed stories about her masturbatory habits and sexual fantasies, occasionally taking breaks to publicly practice her oral sex skills on bananas” in front of the dance crew.

According to the complaint that was issued, which has been obtained by E! News, Lizzo allegedly made dancers uncomfortable during a trip to the Red Light District in Amsterdam.

They have accused the star of “inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers”.

The lawsuit states claims that: “The main event of the night was a club called Bananenbar, where patrons are allowed to interact with completely nude performers. While at Bananenbar, things quickly got out of hand.

“Lizzo began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers, catching dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas, and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas.”

“Lizzo then turned her attention to Ms. Davis and began pressuring Ms. Davis to touch the breasts of one of the nude women performing at the club,” the lawsuit adds.

“Lizzo began leading a chant goading Ms. Davis. Ms. Davis said three times, loud enough for all to hear, ‘I’m good,’ expressing her desire not to touch the performer.”

It has also been alleged that dancers were forced to “re-audition” for 12 hours, with Davis later fired “for innocently recording a meeting the dancers had with Lizzo about their performances.”

Lizzo’s dancers are now asking the courts for damages which include unpaid wages, loss of earnings, deferred compensation, employment benefit, emotional distress, medical expenses and attorneys’ fees.