Lizzo Dance Crew Breaks Silence Following Harassment Allegations

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Lizzo’s dance crew, the Big Grrrls and Big Boiiis, issue a statement on social media following allegations of workplace misconduct.

Amid allegations of harassment and misconduct, Lizzo’s dance crew, the Big Grrrls and Big Boiiis, have issued a statement on Instagram thanking the singer for “shattering limitations” and their experience on her Special Tour, which finished in July. The dancers’ post comes on the heels of allegations of workplace harassment when a group of Lizzo’s former dancers sued her for inappropriate comments and weight-shaming.

“We had the time of our lives on the Special Tour. We have been so honored to share the stage with such amazing talent,” wrote the dancers, expressing their gratitude to Lizzo for the diverse representation accompanying their inclusion in the tour. “The commitment to character and culture taking precedence over every movement and moment has been one of the greatest lessons and blessings that we could possibly ask for.”

“Thank you to Lizzo for shattering limitations and kicking in the doorway for the Big Grrrl and Big Boiii dancers to do what we love,” the post continues. “You have created a platform where we have been able to parallel our passion with a purpose! Not only for us but for women and all people breaking barriers.”

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court against Lizzo by a group of her former dancers, plaintiffs Crystal Williams, Arianna Davis, and Noelle Rodriguez, who allege that they were victims of sexual, racial, and religious harassment, disability discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment, alongside other allegations.

On August 3, Lizzo denied the accusations on Instagram, calling the allegations “sensationalized stories,” noting that while she doesn’t typically address “false allegations,” the lawsuit’s accusations “are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous not to be addressed.”

Lizzo added that she knows how it feels “to be body shamed on a daily basis and would absolutely never criticize or terminate an employee because of their weight.”

The Big Grrrl dancers became known as part of Lizzo’s reality competition Amazon series, “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” chronicling her search for backup dancers to join her on her world tour. The series won Outstanding Competition Program at the Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2022.