Lizzo recently filed a motion in Los Angles Court seeking the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against her by three of her former dancers, calling their accusations a “fabricated sob story” created by “opportunists.”
Lizzo’s team argued that the lawsuit came from three women with “an axe to grind” who had shown “a pattern of gross misconduct and failure to perform their job up to par.”
“Plaintiffs embarked on a press tour, vilifying defendants and pushing their fabricated sob story in the courts and in the media. That ends today,” Lizzo’s attorney Martin Singer wrote. “Instead of taking any accountability for their own actions, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against defendants out of spite and in pursuit of media attention, public sympathy and a quick payday with minimal effort.”
Lizzo has already denied the allegations that included sexual harassment, creating a toxic work environment, and racial and disability discrimination, arguing that she fired plaintiffs Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez due to their own inappropriate and unprofessional behavior.
Lizzo also filed sworn statements from 18 of her current touring company that speak to her character and dispute the allegations.
“I never saw anyone, including plaintiffs, being weight shamed or body shamed,” one dancer wrote in the legal filings. “Far from it. Lizzo inspired all of us to celebrate and love ourselves and our bodies as we are.”
Lizzo’s lawyers sought immediate dismissal of the case under California’s so-called anti-SLAPP statute – a special type of law enacted in states around the country that makes it easier to quickly end meritless lawsuits that threaten free speech.
The lawyers argued that the anti-SLAPP law applies to the case because of the creative nature of the work in question.
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