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Lizzo sued by ex-dancers for sexual harassment, accused of weight-shaming

Lizzo is being sued by three former dancers for alleged sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. According to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that was obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, one woman claimed she was weight-shamed by the Grammy-winning singer. Two allege they were pressured into nude photo shoots. One woman claimed to be nearly assaulted by Lizzo.

The complaint was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Lizzo (born Melissa Viviane Jefferson), her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring Inc. (BGBT), and Shirlene Quigley, the captain of Lizzo’s dance team. In various allegations by the defendants, they claim sexual and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.

“The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly, while privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in ways that are not only illegal but absolutely demoralizing,” attorney Ron Zambrano, a partner and employment litigation chair at West Coast Employment Lawyers, says in a statement on behalf of the three women.