Lizzo is speaking out for the first time since news of the lawsuit broke.
Former employees of her production company is accusing her of creating a ‘hostile work environment”
According to TMZ the singer posted a statement Thursday, just days after she was sued. The singer says, “These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing.
My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized.
Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
She continues, “These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.”
She went on, “As an artist I have always been very passionate about what I do. I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans.
With passion comes hard work and high standards. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions but it’s never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an important part of the team.”
She adds, “I am not here to be looked at as a victim, but I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be be these last few days.
I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not.
There is nothing I take more seriously than the respect we deserve as women in the world. I know what it feels like to be body shamed on a daily basis and would absolutely never criticize or terminate an employee because of their weight.”
She concludes her statement, “I’m hurt but I will not let the good work I’ve done in the world be overshadowed by this. I want to thank everyone who has reached out in support to lift me up during this time.”
The dancers have been appearing in the media giving more details about the suit.
They did an appearance with TMZ:
#Lizzo's former backup dancers, Arianna Davis and Crystal Williams, joined us on 'TMZ Live' and told us about their experiences working under the singer. https://t.co/uiFRAgEEky pic.twitter.com/mVBhkWClzs
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 2, 2023
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