Celebrities have gotten an oxymoron today.
A Grammy-winning Hollywood singer who’s most well-known for being chubby and going viral on TikTok for exhibiting her naked bottom to her younger viewers, Lizzo’s former backup dancers, have formally filed a lawsuit accusing her of sexual harassment.
Final summer time, dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez alleged that Lizzo “MeToo’ed” them throughout her Particular tour and whereas competing on “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Massive Grrrls” in early 2021.
Whereas Los Angeles County Superior Court docket Decide Marc H. Epstein dominated this week to toss a number of of the accusations — together with one which Lizzo fat-shamed a dancer — he denied the singer’s movement to dismiss your entire go well with, a number of shops reported Friday.
Following the ruling, the 35-year-old Grammy winner requested a jury trial.
In a press release to ET, Lizzo stated she was “happy” a few of the allegations have been thrown out regardless of beforehand disputing all of them.
Lizzo plans to sue backup dancers who’re taking her to court docket, TMZ experiences.
Her lawyer says images present the dancers returned to the topless cabaret present in Paris, the place they declare Lizzo pressured them to eat bananas from performers’ vaginas, a month after the incident. pic.twitter.com/wAwJ66uvFH
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“Lizzo is grateful to the choose for seeing by a lot of the noise and recognizing who she is — a powerful girl who exists to raise others up and unfold positivity,” Friedman stated. “We plan to attraction all parts that the choose selected to maintain within the lawsuit and are assured we’ll prevail.”
Ron Zambrano, an lawyer for the plaintiffs, instructed the outlet he’s “more than happy” with Epstein’s ruling.
“He did dismiss just a few allegations, together with the assembly the place Arianna was fat-shamed, the nude photograph shoot, and dancers being compelled to be on ‘maintain’ whereas not on tour,” Zambrano stated, however famous that “all the opposite claims stay, together with sexual, spiritual and racial discrimination, sexual harassment, the demeaning visits to the Bananenbar in Amsterdam and Loopy Horse in Paris, false imprisonment, and assault.”
In accordance with Zambrano, the ruling additionally sends a powerful message to Hollywood that Lizzo – or any celeb for that matter – isn’t immune from this type of conduct simply because she is legendary. “We now sit up for conducting discovery and getting ready the case for trial.”
Along with some workers of Lizzo who selected to face by her, extra dancers, her former wardrobe designer, and a filmmaker who was alleged to direct a documentary about her additionally joined the list of people with accusations.