In recent days, Lizzo, known as Melissa Viviane Jefferson in legal circles, has been a trending topic on various social media platforms due to a lawsuit filed against her by three of her former backup dancers.
The lawsuit accuses Lizzo, her production company, and her dance captain, Shirlene Quigley, of sexual harassment and fostering a hostile work environment. The legal action was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the plaintiffs: Arianna Davis, Noelle Rodriguez, and Crystal Williams.
According to Ron Zambrano, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, the allegations against Lizzo and her management team have raised eyebrows, as they appear to contradict the positive public image Lizzo portrays. The lawyer stated that Lizzo’s treatment of her performers seems to be in direct opposition to her public persona, alleging that she engaged in weight-shaming and demeaning behavior, which is not only illegal but deeply demoralizing.
In response to the ongoing legal situation, Lizzo has broken her silence and issued a statement on her verified Instagram page. Denying the allegations, she expressed her distress and disappointment over the past few days. Lizzo defended her work ethic, morals, and respectfulness, asserting that her character has been unfairly criticized.
While Lizzo generally refrains from responding to false allegations, she found these particular accusations so unbelievable and outrageous that she felt compelled to address them. She also claimed that her “former employees” have publicly admitted their own inappropriate and unprofessional behavior.