Lizzo says ‘I am not the villain’ over sexual harassment allegations by former dance troupe members | Ents & Arts News
Lizzo has insisted she is “not the villain” as she is sued by three former dancers over allegations of sexual harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment.
The complaint, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, was brought against the Truth Hurts singer, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, and her production company Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc (BGBT).
It also highlights alleged behaviour from Shirlene Quigley, the captain of Lizzo’s dance team.
The three dancers – Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez – claim they were subject to sexual, religious and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault and false imprisonment, among other allegations.
Ms Davis and Ms Williams were eventually fired from their positions, while Ms Rodriguez resigned over the “appalling behaviour”, according to West Coast Employment Lawyers, who are representing the plaintiffs.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Lizzo said: “I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not he villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days.”