Lizzo’s former backup dancers aren’t being rattled by her countersuit.
On Wednesday, the Truth Hurts songstress’ lawyer, Marty Singer, announced a countersuit against Arianna Davis, Noelle Rodriguez, and Crystal Williams — who filed a lawsuit against Lizzo earlier this month, accusing her of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, body shaming, and more. The Cuz I Love You singer was quick to deny all allegations, and in her countersuit for malicious prosecution, Marty called the whole thing a “sham” while claiming his team has evidence to support their theory. Most notably, he suggests a photo taken of the girls debunks their lawsuit.
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However, the plaintiffs are holding strong in their accusations.
On Friday, Ron Zambrano, who represents Lizzo’s three former backup dancers in their suit, told Page Six:
“Lizzo’s threat to countersue for malicious prosecution is an insidious attempt at intimidation and delivers a chilling effect to all harassment victims in the workplace.”
“The scare tactics, bullying and victim shaming coming from Lizzo’s team is exactly the behavior employees face in the entertainment industry who feel they have no choice but to ‘suck it up’ for access and success.”
Eesh. That sounds really bad…
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The legal liaison theorized that the chart-topping artists’ countersuit also serves as an attempt to prevent others from coming forward with additional accusations. He explained:
“Her team is merely trying to suppress the truth and hide her hypocrisy of publicizing her brand as one of empowerment and body positivity while privately depriving women of their empowerment. Lizzo certainly isn’t empowering women by way of her threats, rather she is disenfranchising them, but this lawsuit isn’t just about her. This sort of behavior is pervasive in the entertainment industry. That doesn’t make it right, and it’s still illegal.”
Neama Rahmani, another legal advisor on the plaintiffs’ team, added that the About Damn Time singer’s lawyer “has no legal grounds to countersue on behalf of Lizzo,” noting:
“By doing so, he would actually have to step inside a courtroom and expose his client and her lies to cross-examination at trial. We have mountains of evidence and more people coming forward each day independently supporting the plaintiffs.”
Wow! The legal expert added:
“[Singer] may be referring to the lawsuit against Lizzo as a ‘sham,’ but the only thing that is a sham here is Singer’s media strategy of shaming the victims. We’ll take the moral high ground and fight for what’s right.”
Boy, this is just getting messier by the second. What are YOUR thoughts, Perezcious readers?? Sound off in the comments down below!
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