Lizzo sued by former dancers for sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment
Lizzo is facing a shocking new lawsuit. Suing the singer are three tour dancers who claim that they dealt with sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, including being pressured to touch nude dancers during a live sex show, via a complaint filed Tuesday (August 1) in court in Los Angeles.
Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez accuse Lizzo and her BIG Grrrl Big Touring Inc. of various things, including racial and religious discrimination.
At one point, the lawsuit claims that Lizzo pressured the dancers to attend a sex show in the Red Light District in Amsterdam and then pressured them to engage with the performers.
“Lizzo began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers, catching dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas, and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas,” the lawsuit claims.
“Lizzo then turned her attention to Ms. Davis and began pressuring Ms. Davis to touch the breasts of one of the nude women performing at the club.”
The lawsuit also claims that the captain of Lizzo’s dance team forced her religious beliefs on the plaintiffs and made them uncomfortable, including commenting about their virginity and simulating oral sex on a banana.
The lawsuit also claims that Lizzo “called attention” to a dancer’s weight gain after a performance at South by Southwest, and while the team “never explicitly stated it,” they allegedly gave the impression that Arianna Davis “needed to explain her weight gain and disclose intimate personal details about her life in order to keep her job.”
The dancers’ attorney Ron Zambrano called attention to those allegations about weight gain: “The stunning nature of how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers seems to go against everything Lizzo stands for publicly, while privately she weight-shames her dancers and demeans them in ways that are not only illegal but absolutely demoralizing.”
“Plaintiffs were aghast with how little regard Lizzo showed for the bodily autonomy of her employees and those around her, especially in the presence of many people whom she employed,” the suit says. [Deadline]
Zendaya and Sydney Sweeney paid tribute to their late Euphoria co-star Angus Cloud
Angus Cloud died Monday at just 25 years old, and now his Euphoria family is paying tribute.
Zendaya, who stars are Rue, wrote on Instagram, “Words are not enough to describe the infinite beauty that is Angus (Conor). I’m so grateful I got the chance to know him in this life, to call him a brother, to see his warm kind eyes and bright smile, or hear his infectious cackle of a laugh (I’m smiling now just thinking of it) I know people use this expression often when talking about folks they love…’they could light up any room they entered’ but boy let me tell you, he was the best at it. I’d like to remember him that way. For all of the boundless light, love and joy he always managed to give us. I’ll cherish every moment.”
Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney also took to Instagram to honor her late co-star, writing: “Angus you were an open soul, with the kindest heart, and you filled every room with laughter. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to post, and I’m struggling to find all the words. You will be missed more than you know, but I’m so blessed to have known you in this lifetime, and I’m sure everyone who has ever met you feels the same. This heartache is real and I wish we could’ve had one more hug and 7-11 run. All my love is with you.”
Beyoncé gives Madonna a big shout-out during concert
Madonna was spotted attending Beyoncé‘s Renaissance World Tour stop at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday — shortly after her recent health scare — and the “Cuff It” performer gave her a special shoutout during the concert.
“Big shoutout to the queen,” said Beyoncé, 41, while performing “Break My Soul” at the show as the “Hung Up” singer watched from a VIP section. “Queen Mother, Madonna, we love you.” [Daily Mail]
- Gwyneth Paltrow wants to give her fans the star treatment up close and personal. The actress and Goop founder announced she is listing her guesthouse in Montecito, California, for a one-night stay on vacation rental platform Airbnb in an Instagram post Tuesday. The winner will have the chance to enjoy a “chef’s dinner” alongside the actress and her husband, Brad Falchuk — complete with a bottle of vino from the couple’s “wine room.” Hopefully she’ll be serving more than bone broth.
- Bebe Rexha and Keyan Safyari are officially over after she posted his alleged body-shaming text message a few weeks ago. The singer confirmed the news at her London show on Friday. Rexha was introducing “Atmosphere” when she told the crowd, “Now I just went through a breakup, so I might get a little emotional, so you need to help me here.” [E! News]
- Sofia Vergara is making sure all things are in order when it comes to her divorce from Joe Manganiello. Vergara has responded to her estranged husband’s July 19 divorce filing. The actress requested the court uphold the couple’s premarital agreement in documents filed July 26, and obtained by Fox News Digital. The date of separation was listed as July 2. [People]
- Lisa Marie Presley‘s house has been sold! A new buyer now in escrow just a couple days after it hit the market. Celeb realtors Robb and Nikki Friedman announced Lisa’s Calabasas home — where she lived for a little bit before passing away earlier this year — is currently in escrow … pretty wild considering they listed the place Friday. [TMZ]