Three former dancers who were a part of Lizzo’s dance squad are suing her on the grounds that they were harassed and worked in a hostile environment.

Her production business, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc. (BGBT), and a person referred to as the “dance cast captain” are also named as respondents in the dispute, which was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

One of the three complainants said in the lawsuit that the artist persuaded her to “take turns touching the nude performers” while they were at a club in Amsterdam’s Red Light District in February.

The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff ultimately “acquiesced” after repeatedly expressing her intention not to touch the performers out of fear of reprisal.

Based on the case, another claimant said that the singer questioned her dedication to her position on the dance squad and showed “thinly veiled” concerns regarding her “weight gain,” which made her feel under pressure to give reasons for why she was gaining weight and share private information about her life so as to maintain the job.

More allegations of racial and religious discrimination are made throughout the complaint, including one that a member of the BGBT’s predominately White management staff prejudiced against the Black dancers by reprimanding them for supposedly “unacceptable and disrespectful” conduct during their tour.

August 2, 2023

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