“This case presents a number of difficult issues,” said Judge Epstein. “And the courts are rightfully wary of injecting themselves into the creative process.”
“Finding the right balance is often no easy task, and this case is a perfect example,” he said.
He acknowledged that his court tried to adhere to free speech laws without dismissing allegations of misconduct and discrimination.
“It is dangerous for the court to weigh in, ham-fisted, into constitutionally protected activity, but it is equally dangerous to turn a blind eye to allegations of discrimination or other forms of misconduct merely because they take place in a speech-related environment.”
After the verdict was announced, Lizzo’s spokesperson, Stefan Friedman, shared a statement saying the team is “pleased” that Epstein chose to toss out “all or part of four of the plaintiffs’ causes of action.”
“Lizzo is grateful to the judge for seeing through much of the noise and recognising who she is – a strong woman who exists to lift others up and spread positivity,” the statement said. “We plan to appeal all elements that the judge chose to keep in the lawsuit and are confident we will prevail.”
Attorney for the three plaintiffs, Ron Zambrano, also released a statement on behalf of his clients, saying they were “pleased” with the judge’s ruling and “consider it a victory on balance.”
He said that the decision to move forward “signals that Lizzo – or any celebrity – is not insulated from this sort of reprehensible conduct merely because she’s famous.”
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