Melissa Viviane Jefferson born April 27, 1988,also known professionally as Lizzo,
is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and flutist.
In 2019, she became popular after her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard 200. The album spawned two singles: “Juice” and “Tempo”. Lizzo’s 2017 single “Truth Hurts” became a viral hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 two years after its release.
Things gets heated when a filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison revealed that she decided to step away from directing Lizzo’s documentary due to the singer’s “arrogant, self-centered, and unkind” behavior, which she described as an “abuse of power.”
In a tweet, Allison expressed feeling disrespected and unsupported during her two-week stint with Lizzo.
Three dancers filed a lawsuit against Lizzo on accusations of body-shaming and $exual harassment.
The filmmaker says she “walked away” from directing a documentary about Lizzo because of how the singer treated her.
Sophia Nahli Allison, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker from Los Angeles, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Lizzo demonstrated an “abuse of power” during their brief time together.
Allison’s tweet comes after three of Lizzo’s former backup dancers filed a lawsuit against the pop star on accusations of body-shaming and $exual harassment.
Lizzo hasn’t responded publicly to the lawsuit or Allison’s comments. Her representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“In 2019, I traveled a bit with Lizzo to be the director of her documentary. I walked away after 2 weeks. I was treated with such disrespect by her,” Allison wrote.
“I witnessed how arrogant, self-centered, and unkind she is,” she said. “I was not protected and thrown into a shitty situation with little support. My spirit said to run as fast as you f*cking can and I’m so grateful I trusted my gut.”
Allison added that she felt “gaslit” and “deeply hurt” by Lizzo, but she did not specify what happened between her and the star.
“Reading these reports made me realize how dangerous of a situation it was,” she wrote of the lawsuit filed against the singer.
Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Lizzo, her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, and a member of Lizzo’s dance team in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday.
In the suit, the three dancers accused the singer of $exually harassing them during a night out at a strip club in Amsterdam after they were hired onto Lizzo’s dance team.
The lawsuit alleged that Lizzo “began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers, catching dildos launched from the performers’ private parts and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ private parts” while at the club.
The suit also alleged that Lizzo started a group chant calling out Davis and “pressuring” her to touch a performer’s bre@sts, even after Davis declined multiple times.
According to Rodriguez, Lizzo represents the complete opposite of everything she stands for.