A video of one of Lizzo’s accusers praising the star which was recorded after the alleged events has been leaked online by the star’s lawyer.
Ariana Davis is one of three former dancers for the star accusing her of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.
One dancer alleged that they were pressured to touch a nude performer at a club in Amsterdam, and that Lizzo allegedly ‘called attention’ to a performer’s weight gain.
The US star has since broken her silence on the bombshell claims, which she called ‘unbelievable’ and ‘false.’
Now a clip has been shared with TMZ featuring Davis in an audition video for Lizzo’s show Watch Out for the Big Grrrls season two, which she seemingly recorded in April of this year, after the alleged events took place.
In the video, Davis laughs and smiles as she shares her hopes for coming on to season two as a singer, having been a dancer in season one.
‘I’ve been working with Lizzo for … maybe close to a year now and it’s been so amazing and such a beautiful journey,’ she says.
‘I might as well shoot my shot, I don’t think she knows I can sing and the biggest thing about me is.. dance is my first love and mus is my passion.
If I was to be chosen for season two of Watch Out For The Big Grrrls … it would mean the world to me to share my voice. My voice has gone quiet for too long and I think I have a story people need to hear.
‘I look up to [Lizzo] so much,’ she goes on. ‘I just want to follow in her footsteps and not only be an amazing dancer but an amazing singer and storyteller. I love to write music, I love to sing and I want to share that with Queen Lizzo herself.’
Lizzo’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told the outlet: ‘These do not sound like the words of someone who was harassed or discriminated against by someone they described as ‘THE QUEEN.”‘
Following the video being released, Davis said in a statement to TMZ that she ‘didn’t realise how bad it was and how much I was being taken advantage of.’
‘I just genuinely wanted to save my job. This video further explains how much I was trying to please Lizzo.’
In a statement released on Thursday, Lizzo said the last few days ‘have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing. My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized.
‘These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional.’
She continued: ‘I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I only want to put out the best art than represents me and my fans. With passion comes hard work and high standards,’ she stated.
‘Sometimes I have to make hard decisions but it’s never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an important part of the team.’
The Juice singer stressed that she does not want to be ‘looked at as a victim’, adding: ‘But I also know that I am not the villain that people and the media have portrayed me to be these last few days.’
‘I am very open with my sexuality and expressing myself but I cannot accept or allow people to use that openness to make me out to be something I am not,’ she said.
‘There is nothing I take more seriously than the respect we deserve as women in the world. I know what it feels like to be body shamed on a daily basis and would absolutely never criticize or terminate an employee because of their weight.’
Lizzo shared that she feels ‘hurt’ by the claims that have been made against her, while expressing her gratitude for the support she has received.
Lawyer Ron Zambrano, of West Coast Employment Lawyers, who is representing all three dancers, said the singer’s denial of the allegations ‘only adds to our clients’ emotional distress’.
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