Lizzo's sexual harassment lawsuit has gained momentum as the court denied a request for dismissal.
Earlier on Friday, a judge from the Los Angeles County Superior Court determined that the lawsuit filed by a group of former background dancers of the Pink songstress, accusing her of sexual harassment in the workplace, will proceed, according to confirmation from PEOPLE.
The ruling comes in light of a lawsuit filed on August 1, 2023, by Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez.
The legal action alleged that they experienced abuse, harassment, discrimination, and various workplace violations during their employment with the 35-year-old musician.
Ron Zambrano, a lawyer based in Los Angeles, is acting as the legal representative for the three women. Zambrano expressed satisfaction with the judge's decision, stating, “We’re very pleased with the judge’s ruling, and we absolutely consider it a victory on balance,” in a statement provided to PEOPLE.
He mentioned that Judge Mark H. Epstein "did dismiss a few allegations," such as accusations related to Davis experiencing fat-shaming, participating in a nude photoshoot, and dancers being compelled to be on standby when not on tour.
As per the statement, “However, all the other claims remain, including sexual, religious and racial discrimination, sexual harassment, the demeaning visits to the Bananenbar in Amsterdam and Crazy Horse in Paris, false imprisonment, and assault. The ruling also rightfully signals that Lizzo — or any celebrity — is not insulated from this sort of reprehensible conduct merely because she is famous. We now look forward to conducting discovery and preparing the case for trial.”
Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Lizzo, told Entertainment Tonight, "We are pleased that Judge Epstein wisely threw out all or part of four of the plaintiffs’ causes of action.”
He added, “Lizzo is grateful to the judge for seeing through much of the noise and recognizing who she is — a strong woman who exists to lift others up and spread positivity. We plan to appeal all elements that the judge chose to keep in the lawsuit and are confident we will prevail."
For the unversed, the complainants had previously raised concerns about an incident from the previous year in which Lizzo purportedly required members of her touring team to accompany her to a venue featuring nude dancers.
In the past, she sought to have the legal case thrown out, invoking California's anti-SLAPP statute, designed to counter lawsuits that pose a threat to free speech, also known as "strategic lawsuits against public participation."
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