Another person is coming forward, claiming that Lizzo’s team created a toxic work environment.
This time, it’s her wardrobe designer, Asha Daniels. She is the woman responsible for creating the looks for the singer and backup dancers during her tour. According to Daniels, Lizzo’s management team and employees with her production company would force dancers to change clothes in small spaces that offered no privacy. This allowed white male staffers to view the plus-sized dancers half-naked and would often laugh at them. Daniels also says the production company supervisor, Amanda Nomura, made several racist and fatphobic comments.
While Lizzo does not necessarily seem to be the culprit, Daniels’ attorney, Ron Zambrano, says since she is the boss, “the buck stops with her.” However, a spokesman for Lizzo, Stefan Friedman, calls Zambrano’s and Daniels’ claims a “publicity-stunt lawsuit.” He also suggested Daniels has never met nor spoken with Lizzo personally.
Zambrano also represents Lizzo’s three backup dancers, who say they interacted with the star regularly and were treated poorly while touring with her. Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez claim the “Truth Hurts” forced them to attend a sex show and even eat a banana from a nude dancer’s private area. The sexual misconduct was also apparent in Daniels’ suit, who says she was in a group chat with members of Lizzo’s team who shared explicit photos of a male. They also commented about hiring sex workers to perform and purchasing drugs, which the star allegedly turned a blind eye to.
Lizzo has denied all allegations against her. Friedman has called the latest allegations from Daniels “absurd.”