Lizzo Responded To Her Former Dancers’ Lawsuit And Said Their Claims Of Sexual Harassment Are “False” And “Outrageous”,“I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days,” the singer wrote in a statement to her Instagram followers.
Lizzo Responded To Her Former Dancers’ Lawsuit And Said Their Claims Of Sexual Harassment Are “False” And “Outrageous”
Lizzo has issued a statement in response to her former dancers’ claims against her.
Lizzo is named in the suit along with her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, and dance captain, Shirlene Quigley. However, each of the defendants are facing different allegations.
Since the lawsuit was filed, a number of Lizzo’s former employees and collaborators have spoken out in support of the dancers, including her former creative director, Quinn Wilson, and dancer Courtney Hollinquest.
In a statement, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said that Lizzo and her management team’s alleged treatment of their employees “seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly.”
And now, the 35-year-old singer has issued a response to the lawsuit, claiming that the dancers’ allegations are “false.”
Calling the last few days “gut-wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing,” she wrote on Instagram that she typically chooses not to respond to “false allegations,” but said that her former employees’ claims are “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,” Lizzo said, before alluding to the dancer who claims they were unfairly fired.
“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,” the statement read.
“I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days,” the singer said, before concluding the statement by acknowledging those who have supported her.
“I’m hurt, but I will not let the good work I’ve done in the world be overshadowed by this. I want to thank everyone who has reached out in support to lift me up during this difficult time,” she finished.
You can read Lizzo’s statement in full here.
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