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24th Aug 2023

Lizzo’s lawyer accused of ‘victim shaming’ former dancers

Lizzo's lawyer accused of 'victim shaming' former dancers

Lawyers for the three former dancers who are suing Lizzo have now accused her legal team of “victim shaming” their clients.

Representatives for Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez have said they “stand by every claim in the lawsuit”  and are looking forward to the trial.

The three dancers 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.

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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.

Marty Singer, who is reportedly representing Lizzo, has told US news outlets that the lawsuit contains a “range of factual inaccuracies” and that their case was “irreparably damaged”.

In a statement shared with the PA news agency, Neama Rahmani, who represents the three dancers, said: “Singer’s victim shaming doesn’t change any facts in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs merely wanted to keep their jobs until they finally had enough of the abuse.

“Arianna, Noelle and Crystal were brave enough to come out with their stories and they don’t plan to back down in the face of these bullying tactics by Lizzo’s attorney.

“This strategy may have worked for the other abusers Singer has represented, but our clients remain steadfast and look forward to their day in court.”