More people are now accusing Lizzo of disturbing sexual behavior. Earlier this month, it was announced that three of the singer's former dancers filed a lawsuit against Lizzo, her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc, and her dance captain, Shirlene Quigley.
According to the lawsuit, Lizzo reportedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with her dance crew. "The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly," the official statement reads, "while privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in ways that are not only illegal but absolutely demoralizing."
The suit highlights an incident where Lizzo reportedly encouraged her dancers to eat bananas from sex workers' vaginas. The shocking news prompted other individuals who knew Lizzo personally to speak up.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison revealed that she "walked away" from directing a documentary on Lizzo due to what she described as an "abuse of power." Another former dancer not part of the lawsuit, Courtney Hollinquest, noted on her Instagram Story that the accusations against Lizzo were "very much my experience in my time there."
Lizzo's former creative director, Quinn Whitney Wilson, reposted Hollinquest's message and wrote on her Instagram Story that she applauds "the dancers' courage to bring this to light" and grieves parts of her experience working with the pop star. Hollinquest then sent a message back to Wilson in a separate post, writing, "my sister forever only a few know what we've been through … love u Quinn."
Page Six reports that six more individuals are coming forward to corroborate the plaintiffs' stories. Attorneys representing the lawsuit against the singer have confirmed to the website they are "reviewing and vetting new complaints from at least six people 'with similar stories' who worked" with the pop star. Lawyer Ron Zambrano says his firm is vetting new allegations from people who toured with Lizzo, including former dancers and others who said they worked with the singer on her Amazon Studios show, Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.
Zambrano says the three original women who filed “have bravely spoken out and shared their experiences, opening the door for others to feel empowered to do the same.”
“Some of the claims we are reviewing may be actionable, but it is too soon to say,” he added. He claims the allegations are of a "sexually charged environment" and failure to pay employees.
This week, Lizzo took to Instagram to break her silence following the intense backlash she received from social media users. “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,” Lizzo shared in an Instagram post. “Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
The singer insinuates the accusations are "sensationalized stories," explaining that she has always been "passionate" about her work.
"I'm hurt but I will not let the good work I've done in the world be overshadowed by this," she concluded. "I want to thank everyone who has reached out in support to lift me up during this difficult time."
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