Last month three former back-up dancers for pop star Lizzo filed lawsuits accusing her of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
Lizzo’s attorney, Marty Singer claims that newly surfaced photos show Lizzo’s accusers “happily carousing” and “gleefully reveling” backstage with the performers from a topless cabaret show in Paris during Lizzo’s tour. The photos are from March 5, which is about a month after the infamous February visit to Bananenbar in Amsterdam. Now Lizzo is filing to have the case dismissed, calling the claims ridiculous.
Page Six reports:
Lizzo has asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss the “ridiculous” harassment lawsuits her former employees filed against her this year, Page Six has exclusively learned.
According to court documents we exclusively obtained Thursday, attorneys for the “About Damn Time” singer, 35, list at least 31 lines of defense that explain why the suits should be tossed out.
However, the Grammy winner is also requesting a trial by jury in response to the complaints.
In the new docs, Lizzo denies “each and every allegation” made against her, citing as one of her defenses that her ex-dancers are “guilty of unclean hands,” which is a legal term that accuses the plaintiff of participating in anything “unethical in relation to the subject of the lawsuit.”
Lizzo’s lawyers also point out that the singer’s team had “anti-discrimination and anti- harassment policies and complaint procedures in place,” which they claim the dancers “failed” to make available to themselves so that they could follow proper internal procedures.
“Defendants’ conduct was justified,” the court papers also state.
Lizzo also argues that in her defense there is no proof that her dancers suffered damages or losses because of her conduct and not their own or those of other entities.