Lizzo’s former dancers react to planned countersuit...

Lizzo’s former backup dancers slammed her planned countersuit as an intimidation tactic. Attorney Ron Zambrano, representing Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez, released a statement to Page Six condemning the move. Is it really intimidation or defending yourself against accusations you feel are unjust? Everyone has the right to do that, until proven guilty. 
Lizzo’s threat to countersue for malicious prosecution is an insidious attempt at intimidation and delivers a chilling effect to all harassment victims in the workplace. The scare tactics, bullying and victim shaming coming from Lizzo’s team is exactly the behavior employees face in the entertainment industry who feel they have no choice but to ‘suck it up’ for access and success. Her team is merely trying to suppress the truth and hide her hypocrisy of publicizing her brand as one of empowerment and body positivity while privately depriving women of their empowerment. Lizzo certainly isn’t empowering women by way of her threats, rather she is disenfranchising them, but this lawsuit isn’t just about her. This sort of behavior is pervasive in the entertainment industry. That doesn’t make it right, and it’s still illegal.