A documentary filmmaker has come ahead with accusations towards Lizzo simply hours after a disturbing lawsuit was filed towards the favored musician.
Sophia Nahli Allison stated in an announcement shared on her social media accounts that she had been hooked up to the “Truth Hurts” singer’s documentary “Love, Lizzo” in 2019, however left the mission after simply two weeks as a result of the Grammy winner handled her “with such disrespect.”
HuffPost has reached out to Lizzo for touch upon Allison’s allegations, however didn’t obtain a right away response.
Allison’s accusations got here shortly after three of Lizzo’s former backup dancers filed a lawsuit towards her, claiming the “Juice” singer sexually harassed them and fostered a hostile work surroundings.
“I usually do not comment on anything pop culture related,” Allison stated in an Instagram story posted Tuesday, which she additionally shared on Twitter. “But, in 2019, I traveled a bit with Lizzo to be the director of her documentary. I walked away after about 2 weeks. I was treated with such disrespect by her.”
“I witnessed how arrogant, self-centered, and unkind she is. I was not protected and was thrown into a shitty situation with little support,” Allison continued. “My spirit said to run as fast as you fucking can and I’m so grateful I trusted my gut.”
“Reading these reports made me realize how dangerous of a situation it was,” the filmmaker concluded. “This kind of abuse of power happens far too often.”
On Twitter (which has now rebranded as X), the filmmaker — who is understood for the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary “A Love Song for Latasha,” concerning the 1992 taking pictures demise of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins in Los Angeles — shared why she needed to talk out. “Validating other Black women’s experiences is deeply important to me,” she defined.
Noelle Rodriguez — one in all LIzzo’s former backup dancers who’s suing her — shared Allison’s allegations on her personal Instagram story.
Within the reshared submit, Rodriguez thanked Allison for her assist, including: “If this situation can bring courage to anyone in our industry that has been through something similar, we’ve already won.”
Allison later shared Rodriguez’s submit.
On Tuesday, Rodriguez and two extra of Lizzo’s former backup dancers — Arianna Davis and Crystal Williams — filed a lawsuit towards the singer. They allege Lizzo created a poisonous work surroundings that required them to endure sexual, spiritual and racial harassment, assault and false imprisonment, amongst different issues.
The go well with particulars an alleged incident during which Lizzo allegedly berated then fired Davis for audio-recording a gaggle assembly between Lizzo and her dancers. Davis alleges she recorded the assembly to be able to preserve notes.
Rodriguez alleges within the go well with that she confronted Lizzo about the way in which she dealt with the state of affairs with Davis, after which Rodriguez resigned. After her resignation, Lizzo “aggressively approached Ms. Rodriguez, cracking her knuckles, balling her fists, and exclaiming, ‘You’re lucky. You’re so fucking lucky,’” the lawsuit claims. Rodriguez stated she thought Lizzo needed to hit her and would have if one of many different dancers didn’t intervene. When Lizzo left the room, she allegedly raised each her center fingers and yelled, “Bye, bitch!”
One other allegation within the go well with claims that Lizzo invited her workforce to a nude membership in Amsterdam’s red-light district after the singer carried out a live performance within the Netherlands. The dancers allege Lizzo aggressively pressured them to the touch the nude performers, catch dildos “launched from the performers’ vaginas,” and eat bananas “protruding from the performers’ vaginas.”