Well-known singer Lizzo broke her silence on Thursday relating to allegations of sexual harassment made towards her by former dancers from her staff in Los Angeles court docket.
She posted a prolonged assertion to Instagram that pushed again towards what she referenced because the “false accusations” put ahead within the type of a lawsuit. “These previous couple of days have been intestine wrenchingly troublesome and overwhelmingly disappointing. My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned,” she mentioned.
Lizzo expressed concern over her tainted picture within the wake of the allegations.
“My character has been criticized. Often I select not to answer false accusations however these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed,” she mentioned.
Former dancers that have been a part of her staff claimed Lizzo created a hostile work surroundings and sexually harassed them by pushing them to behave in uncomfortable methods in a strip membership, which was considered one of many claims they made. It was additionally alleged that Lizzo body-shamed them and threatened their jobs in the event that they didn’t act in accordance to her calls for.
Lizzo addressed the dancers’ claims on social media.
“These sensationalized tales are coming from former staff who’ve already publicly admitted that they have been informed their habits on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional,” she mentioned.
She then defended herself and her intentions as each an individual and an artist.
“With ardour comes exhausting work and excessive requirements. Generally I’ve to make exhausting selections however its by no means my intention to make anybody really feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as a part of the staff,” she wrote.
“I’m not right here to be checked out as a sufferer, however I additionally know that I’m not the villain that individuals and the media have portrayed me to be these previous couple of days.,” Lizzo mentioned.(RELATED: Jury Clears Kevin Spacey Of Sexual Assault Costs In UK)
She concluded by saying, “I know what it feels wish to be physique shamed every day and would completely by no means criticize or terminate an worker due to their weight.”
The previous dancers filed litigation towards Lizzo in Los Angeles Superior Court docket on Tuesday.