Months earlier than three dancers sued Lizzo for sexual harassment, 14 of the singer’s dancers acquired a separate settlement referring to footage that appeared within the 2022 documentary Love, Lizzo, the Los Angeles Occasions experiences. The dancers’ supervisor raised the dispute in January, saying the dancers’ intimate dialogue of how misogyny, weight-shaming, and racism have an effect on them was used unauthorized. The supervisor, Slay Smiles, mentioned the documentary had “really exploited these girls and violated the emotional security they’d in these moments.” A bunch together with the co-production firm Boardwalk Photos and a “Lizzo entity” settled the dispute in February after a dancer employed an legal professional, in accordance with the Los Angeles Occasions.
Documentary makers shot the footage in 2019, when Lizzo and the dancers have been rehearsing for the MTV Video Music Awards. Smiles has mentioned no contract was provided to the dancers for the behind-the-scenes footage, which was not coated by their union contract for the VMAs. Alan Brunswick, an legal professional for the co-producer Boardwalk Photos, countered that the footage within the documentary “was captured overtly” and with consent. He advised The Occasions, “All of them knew the cameras have been there. I don’t assume the documentary was even contemplated at that time.” The dancers have been unaware that the behind-the-scenes footage can be used within the documentary till a clearance producer emailed to supply every dancer $350 plus a ten p.c company charge to look, sources near the dancers advised The Occasions.
Smiles mentioned he advocated for the dancers and helped safe a complete payout of $109,551: between $7,092 and $7,545 for every dancer. Lizzo’s legal professional, Martin Singer, advised The Occasions, “Lizzo had nothing to do with it and knew nothing about it.” Not one of the 14 dancers who acquired the settlement are concerned within the harassment lawsuit. In addition to the Lizzo entity and Boardwalk Photos, the settlement was signed by Greenway Photos, Warner Music Group Productions, and Reside Nation Productions, The Occasions experiences. It included a non-disparagement and confidentiality clause barring the dance artists from discussing the settlement with third events.
Some six months after that settlement, Lizzo’s current authorized troubles started. Three dancers filed a lawsuit early this month alleging they have been sexually harassed and weight-shamed. Lizzo mentioned the “false allegations” have been “as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
The unique lawsuit—which names Lizzo, her Huge Grrl Huge Touring manufacturing firm, and her dance captain Shirlene Quigley as defendants—cites situations of racial discrimination and incapacity discrimination. In Amsterdam, Lizzo allegedly pressured a dancer to the touch a nude performer’s breasts and urged dancers to “catch dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas and eat bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas,” in accordance with the criticism.