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23rd Aug 2023

Lizzo sighted for first time since lawsuit and reveals new music is coming

Jody Coffey

She told reporters she was doing ‘good’.

Lizzo was seen for the first time since she was accused of sexual harassment by former backup dancers.

The Yitty founder stepped out in jumper dress from her own brand styled with matching silver thigh-high boots and a Louis Vuitton handbag.

When asked by ET if she had anything to say to her fans, she sidestepped the allegations and teased that new music is in the works.

“I’m in the studio right now,” she answered, to which the person behind the camera asked, “Oh, we got some new music on the way?”

Lizzo, not giving too much away, responded, “Mmmhmm,” before strutting away with her Stanley cup in hand.

While the About Damn Time singer didn’t address the sexual harassment lawsuit that was brought about by Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez earlier this month, some focused on the allegations in the comments.

“If that was a man he’d so be cancelled rn lol no one take harassment seriously when the harasser is a woman,” one claimed.

“What other people are saying is true, if this had been a man with these allegations against him, he would have been crucified. Double standards much. What’s good for the gander should be the same for the goose,” another wrote.

Meanwhile, others came to the singer’s defence.

“Let’s all be honest some people still was bopping to R Kelly’s and Michael Jackson and Trey Songs music until the allegations became to much to ignore and thats to name a few. So please Give it a rest about her being a terrible person i need full storys before i start throwing someone in the lake of fire,” one user reasoned.

“We love you @lizzobeeating we know they lying it’s 2023 it’s an evil time,” another said.

Each of the former dancers claimed that they worked in a “hostile, abusive work environment” and made allegations of sexual, religious and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.

They issued 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.

Lizzo has strongly denied these accusations and took to her Instagram to make that known.


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“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.”

Following the Juice singer’s public statement, the three dancers said they found it ‘disheartening’ and ‘shocking to read a statement like that.’

“Initially for me it just further deepened my disappointment in regards to how I was feeling and how I was treated,” Williams told Channel 4. ”

“I think the overall theme in all this is that our experiences were our experiences and our traumas were our traumas. In bringing that forward, it feels like it was disregarded completely. It feels like we were made out to be putting out false allegations when that’s not the case.”

Rodriguez agreed:”In her words and the way she’s saying this, it’s invalidating not only our experience that she was there first-hand to witness […] but also other women who have previously worked with her that have come forward in light of this.

“She mentioned something in this statement [around] protecting women – where was that same sentiment when I stated to her and wanted to talk out things and saying ‘I’m resigning because I feel unsafe, I feel unheard, I’m disrespected’?”

Davis also shared her thoughts on Lizzo’s character.

“A person can do good things, very good things and those don’t go away. The goodness you put out into the world – it stays there. But two things can be true at the same time.

“Someone that does good things can also do can do bad things and the sentiment applies…People have been affected, it’s not just us […] The consistency of wrongdoing is very telling.

“I look up to the fact she was using her platform to address issues that other artists weren’t doing but knowing her now, it was performative.”

The dancers are seeking damages for emotional distress, unpaid wages, loss of earnings and lawyer’s fees for the allegations, including sexual, religious and racial harassment, disability discrimination and false imprisonment.