Lizzo has finally addressed the lawsuit filed against her by three former dancers, firmly denying the allegations and categorically refuting the claims of creating a toxic work environment. In an emotional Instagram post, the singer expressed her deep disappointment at the situation and described the accusations as `false` and `unbelievable`.
“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,” Lizzo wrote.
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Emphasizing her dedication to hard work and high standards, Lizzo made it clear that she has always been passionate about her artistry and takes her music and performances seriously. She strives to put out the best art that represents both herself and her fans. However, she asserted that her passion never translates into making anyone on her team feel undervalued or uncomfortable.
“As an artist, I have always been very passionate about what I do. I take my music and my performances seriously because, at the end of the day, I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans. With passion comes hard work and high standards. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions, but it`s never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren`t valued as an important part of the team,” Lizzo added.
The lawsuit was filed on August 1 by dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez. It alleged a hostile work environment, religious harassment, disability discrimination, and sexual harassment during their time working with Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Jefferson. The dancers recounted instances where they felt uncomfortable, including being coerced into participating in a nude photoshoot for Lizzo`s reality show.
In addition, the lawsuit detailed a trip to the Red Light District in Amsterdam, where Lizzo invited her crew to an optional outing. However, the dancers claimed they felt “obligated” to attend, fearing they might lose their jobs. During the outing, they alleged that uncomfortable and inappropriate activities took place, involving nudity and pressure to engage in ways they were not comfortable with.
Lizzo`s response to the lawsuit comes as a clear assertion of her innocence and an assertion of her commitment to treating her team members with respect and value. The case is likely to continue to unfold in the legal arena, as both parties present their evidence and arguments. As the public awaits further developments, the situation serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering a safe and inclusive work environment within the entertainment industry.