Lizzo Still Facing Scrutiny From Fans After Denying Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environment Claims: ‘All We Got Was A Notes App Apology’
Lizzo did speak out against the serious allegations she’s facing, but unfortunately… the public isn’t buying any of it.
As you may know, earlier this week, popstar Lizzo found herself at the center of a nasty lawsuit from a group of her former dancers.
The case — introduced by plaintiffs Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez — targets Lizzo for (supposedly) creating an unethical workplace through measures of sexual harassment, false imprisonment, and a host of other wild accusations.
Lizzo has since addressed the claims in a 4-part social media post. In her now-controversial response, the 35-year-old told the public:
“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.”
Elsewhere in the lengthy statement, she said,
“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. I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not.”
Of course, following Lizzo’s online message, many wrestled with the sincerity of her words, as they viewed them as (possible) calculated damage control and an accountability failure.
A Twitter user expressed,
“Now Lizzo has said something and I still feel I still feel icky about it!!!! All we got was a notes app apology saying that it’s all false??”
If you hadn’t heard, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez pinned some pretty heinous acts on the “About D*mn Time” songstress. According to the said victims, Lizzo “subjected” them to attend nude shows, where she later pressured the three ladies into provocatively touching + interacting with the on-stage performers.
Additionally, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez cited that the music phenomenon forced them to participate in an hours-long rehearsal in order to punish them for their “poor performances” and alleged on-the-job alcohol consumption.
One of the women recalled “using the bathroom on herself” due to being fearful of requesting a break as well, while another one recounted Lizzo “exploiting” her eating disorder and shorting their pay. There were even instances where they were (allegedly) held for team meetings, threatened with physical harm, and religiously manipulated by fellow defendant, Lizzo’s dance captain, Shirlene Quigley.
As if that wasn’t enough to get the people talking, Arianna Davis (who also noted that she was so-called fat-shamed by Lizzo for gaining weight) and Crystal Williams alleged that Lizzo would aggressively urge some of her backups to “eat bananas” out of exotic entertainers’ private areas, and if they didn’t… they’d get the boot.
Subsequent to the “banana” comment, the internet pulled up an older clip of Lizzo detailing her kinky interest in those types of live events.
??DEVELOPING: Lizzo spoke about her excitement for the now-infamous banana sex show at the Bananenbar Bar in Amsterdam’s Red Light District during a 2019 interview with local radio DJ, Frank van der Lende. pic.twitter.com/ipKmNeiAKs
— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) August 2, 2023
Aside from Davis, Williams, and Rodriguez’s stories, Lizzo’s former documentary director, Sophia Nahli Allison, ex-dancer Courtney Hollinquest and creative director Quinn Whitney Wilson co-signed their sentiments, detailing similar experiences with the Detroit-born artist.
Quinn Whitney Wilson has furthered her feelings on the situation, issuing a rebuttal to Lizzo’s denial of the court proceedings.
In an Instagram text post, she said,
“It’s holding yourself at a level of moral accountability as a leader and boss. It’s allowing those who poured their heart, soul and love into presenting the best version of you to have feelings that may bring you discomfort, BUT are acknowledged and treated with basic human care.”
“Power is so tricky. Anyone in a position to support, encourage or further enhance a power dynamic has to PROTECT themselves.”
Davis, Williams, and Rodriguez are suing for damages.
Here’s more of what Twitter had to say about the latest Lizzo rumors…
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