Lizzo has issued a proper denial in response to the harrasment lawsuit filed by three of her former dancers final month. In her reply to the grievance—filed in a Los Angeles court docket on Wednesday, September 27, and considered by Pitchfork—Lizzo and her legal professionals additionally requested the dismissal of the lawsuit with out prejudice whereas, just like the plaintiffs, demanding a jury trial.
Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez are suing Lizzo, the Massive Grrrl Massive Touring manufacturing firm, and dance captain Shirlene Quigley. Via the the grievance, the ladies accuse Lizzo of sexual harassment, incapacity discrimination, racial harassment, and making a hostile work atmosphere. After the lawsuit grew to become public data, Lizzo launched a press release on social media denying the allegations, calling them “false,” “unbelievable,” and “outrageous.”
Within the new submitting, Lizzo’s legal professionals concern a basic denial and over 30 strains of protection explaining why they consider the lawsuit doesn’t maintain water. The attorneys additionally declare that plaintiffs “ratified, acquiesced, condoned and/or accepted of” Lizzo’s acts, in addition to these of Massive Grrl Massive Touring manufacturing firm and Shirlene Quigley.
In a press release shared with Pitchfork, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Neama Rahmani, wrote:
Lizzo’s reply merely consists of boilerplate objections that don’t have anything to do with the case. That stated, the important thing takeaway is that Lizzo is agreeing to our purchasers’ demand for a jury trial. We sit up for presenting our case in court docket and letting a panel of her friends resolve who’s telling the reality, Lizzo and her staff who proceed to disgrace the victims or the plaintiffs and so many others who’ve come ahead sharing comparable tales of abuse and harassment.
Final week, Lizzo’s former tour worker Asha Daniels sued the singer over subpar working situations, alleging that she was denied breaks throughout 20-hour shifts. She additionally claimed that Amanda Nomura, a member of Lizzo’s staff, referred to as Black ladies on the tour “dumb,” “ineffective,” and “fats.”