02 Aug, 2023
By FactsWow Team
In the complaint, the plaintiffs Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez have made a number of allegations. These include allegations of assault, wrongful detention, racial, religious, and handicap discrimination.
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Two of the plaintiffs, Arianna Davis and Crystal Williams, joined Lizzo's performances after appearing on her Amazon Prime reality series 'Watch Out for the Big Grrrls' in 2021. Despite Lizzo's prior goal to give plus-size dancers visibility via the performance, Ms. Davis and Ms. Williams were fired from their jobs in the spring of 2023, according to the lawsuit.
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In addition, Noelle Rodriguez, the third plaintiff, was retained in May 2021 to take part in Lizzo's dance squad and to feature in her 'Rumors' music video. But according to the lawsuit, Ms. Rodriguez left the company soon after Ms. Davis and Ms. Williams were let go.
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According to the lawsuit, which The New York Times was able to get from the plaintiffs' legal team, the dancers were allegedly subjected to an openly sexual environment at work. This setting apparently included trips that placed a strong emphasis on sexuality and nudity.
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Lizzo is accused of pressuring the dancers to mingle with nudists at an Amsterdam nightclub in a civil case submitted on Tuesday to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. In addition, the lawsuit asserts that she humiliated one of the dancers for gaining weight and then fired her.
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Lizzo, also known as Melissa Jefferson, has been named as a defendant in the case along with her production business, Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc., and Shirlene Quigley, the dance captain of the tour. The lawsuit makes no mention of whether Lizzo was aware of the specific accusations made by the plaintiffs against Ms. Quigley.
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The lawsuit asserts that Ms. Quigley and Lizzo were allegedly involved in numerous occurrences that the three dancers' attorneys deem to be sexual and religious harassment, as well as weight shaming and other severe allegations.
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Lizzo is accused of harassing the dancers sexually, while Ms. Quigley allegedly took it upon herself to evangelize Christianity to them and was preoccupied on issues relating to virginity.Shirlene Quigley allegedly called Arianna Davis a 'non-believer' and made comments to coworkers signaling her intention to talk about religion, according to the court filing.
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The lawsuit details an event that occurred at a nightclub in Amsterdam when Lizzo allegedly pushed staff members to touch nude performers and handle objects like dildos and bananas that were used during their shows.
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Despite repeatedly expressing her dislike for touching a nude female performer's breast, one of the dancers eventually felt obligated to comply out of fear of potential reprisal, according to the lawsuit.
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According to Diana Reddy, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, the charges that go beyond constitutionally restricted groups could harm Lizzo's message of body positivity and possibly result in a compromise.
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