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Just one month after confronting a lawsuit from three ex-dancers, Lizzo finds herself in legal hot water again.
A recent lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court this Thursday and sourced by ABC News, identifies the pop sensation's former tour wardrobe designer, Asha Daniels, as the plaintiff. The allegations are manifold: racial and sexual harassment, disability-based discrimination, wrongful retaliatory termination, assault, and more.
This legal action emerges precisely when Lizzo is gearing up to be honored with the prestigious Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award at the imminent Black Music Action Coalition gala.
Ron Zambrano, the attorney representing Daniels, commented, “Announcing this award just as the lawsuit hits seems like a calculated PR move by Lizzo’s team to salvage her reputation. This approach will fall flat.” He further highlighted, “Given Lizzo’s recent confrontations, we’ve been approached by over two dozen ex-employees recounting similar allegations. This issue is deep-rooted and isn’t fading anytime soon.”
Professional fashionista Asha Daniels was brought into Lizzo’s fold by the singer’s wardrobe manager, Amanda Nomura (who is also implicated in the lawsuit). Daniels had signed on to craft attire for the dancers accompanying Lizzo on her 2023 tour, inspired by the public values Lizzo epitomizes.
Interestingly, Daniels’ lawsuit echoes the grievances put forth by Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez in their previous complaint. These include claims of sexual, racial, and religious harassment; discrimination based on disability; and assault combined with false imprisonment.
Reacting to this unfolding drama, Lizzo's spokesperson, Stefan Friedman, dismissed the allegations on Thursday. He portrayed it as a “baseless attempt for publicity” from an individual who "has never had any direct interaction with Lizzo." Friedman stated, “We’ll address this lawsuit with the seriousness it warrants. Which is to say, not much at all.”
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