Lizzo is speaking out days after a shocking lawsuit accused her and her team of weight-shaming, sexual harassment, and creating a hostile work environment.
The Grammy Award-winning singer released a statement via her Instagram account where she said the days following the announcement of the lawsuit have been “gut-wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing.”
Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, said that she is “not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be.”
The “Special” singer is painting her accusers out to be disgruntled employees.
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.
Lizzo seemingly addressed the resurfaced video of her talking about wanting to go to the “Banana Bar” and eat a banana out of a dancer’s vajayjay.
“That’s what I wanna do. I need my potassium,” she said.
In her statement, she wrote:
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.
Lizzo also addressed the weight-shaming accusations by writing:
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.
Read Lizzo’s full statement on the shocking accusations against her below.
Lizzo may be fighting an uphill battle considering the fact that in addition to the alleged disgruntled employees who filed this lawsuit against her – others, including a filmmaker and her former creative director, have spoken out about her behavior and her toxic work environment.
Typically, everyone is not going to tell the same lie on you unless it is a strategic takedown.
Does Lizzo’s statement sway your opinion or beliefs concerning this case?