Amanda Nomura is a member of Lizzo’s team explicitly named in a new lawsuit against the singer brought by Asha Daniels.
Asha Daniels is the latest person to sue Lizzo alleging she suffered racism, bullying and a toxic work environment.
Daniels names Amanda Nomura in her filing as the main cause of all her woes whilst working with Lizzo.
As the story goes viral on all platforms, we take a look at Amanda Nomura and the allegations against her.
Who Is Amanda Nomura?
Amanda Nomura is a member of Lizzo’s team accused of being at the forefront of harassing a former employee, Asha Daniels.
Asha Daniels sued Lizzo claiming she was forced to hear racist and fatphobic comments from members of Lizzo’s team as well as suffering bullying, harrasment and being forced to work unthinkable hours.
Daniels says she was hired by Amanda Nomura — a member of Lizzo’s team — to join Lizzo’s tour in 2023 to work in wardrobe.
In legal docs obtained by TMZ, she claims the work was grueling, sometimes going from 6 AM-2 AM and that they were routinely refused breaks.
Asha Daniels did not hold back, describing Nomura as brutal to work with and that she often made racist and fatphobic comments against other Black women on the tour, which appear to corroborate earlier allegations against Lizzo.
Daniels said Amanda Nomura on numerous occasions allegedly called Black women on the tour “d*mb” “useless” and “fat.”
She also claims Nomura told her she wasn’t allowed to dress s*xy around Lizzo because Lizzo would get jealous when her boyfriend was around other beautiful women.
Revealing some of the brutal working conditions she was forced to suffer, Daniels says she injured her ankle when Amanda Nomura rolled a clothing rack over it.
She says her ankle became swollen and when she wore a pair of Crocs to work to manage the situation she was reprimanded and told she needed to put on a pair of tennis shoes.
Asha Daniels claims she took her complaints to Lizzo’s tour manager, Carlina Gugliotta, but she rather ended up getting fired before her contract was up.
“Daniels claims her experience on the tour has left her with ongoing anxiety and PTSD as well as migraines, ocular distortions, brain fog and fatigue,” TMZ reports and she’s suing for “s*xual harassment, racial harassment, disability discrimination and more. She’s asking for damages including unpaid wages, loss of earnings and others,”
Her lawsuit names as defendants Lizzo, her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc. (BGBT), wardrobe manager Amanda Nomura, and tour manager Carlina Gugliotta.
Asha Daniels is represented in her lawsuit by Neama Rahmani — the same lawyer who sued Lizzo on behalf of the 3 women from the lawsuit last month.
In response to the lawsuit, Lizzo’s spokesman, Stefan Friedman, told ET: “As Lizzo receives a Humanitarian Award tonight from the Black Music Action Coalition for the incredible charitable work she has done to lift up all people, an ambulance-chasing lawyer tries to sully this honor by recruiting someone to file a bogus, absurd publicity-stunt lawsuit who, wait for it, never actually met or even spoke with Lizzo. We will pay this as much attention as it deserves. None.”
Asha Daniels allegations against Amanda Nomura Lizzo
Asha Daniels gives vivid details of the alleged abuse she suffered working for Lizzo in her lawsuit, expanding on the summary we already provided above.
For instance, Asha Daniels said she and other crew members experienced angry threats of physical harm from Amanda Nomura, who would allegedly say that she would “kill a b**ch” and “stab a b**ch” when she couldn’t find her medication.
She claims to have witnessed Nomura shoving a crew member who had threatened to quit.
“Nomura expressed that she would ‘kill a b**ch if it came down to it’ if anyone threatened her job,” the complaint claims.
“Lizzo’s management was well aware of this pattern of behavior. Carlina Gugliotta… even requested Plaintiff to record Nomura without her knowledge, which Plaintiff did not do as it was both unethical and possibly unlawful,” portions of the lawsuit reads.
Daniels claims she was forced to endure s*xual harassment by Lizzo’s management and pointed as an example a group text with more than 30 members of the BGBT team that allegedly included “graphic” and “disturbing” images of male genitalia.
She said rather than being distressed, Lizzo’s management “found the image to be comical, further encouraging an unsafe, s*xually charged workplace culture.”
Asha Daniels also spoke of the insane demands on her and her team which forced them to work near 24 hours around the clock and being refused breaks.
“They needed two sets of costumes one-and-a-half weeks before the [first] show of their tour, which was insane, and I was able to make sure that happened with the team I was working with,” she shares.
“Then they ordered another set of two costumes in a color wave, and from there,”
Daniels also claimed that she was dismayed by the space made available for Lizzo’s dancers the ‘Big Gurrrls’ to change in-between sets.
Daniels’ lawsuit claims that she witnessed the dancers, mostly women of color, being forced to change clothes quickly during shows in a tiny changing area with no privacy.
“Members of Lizzo’s stage crew, primarily white males, would lewdly gawk, sneer, and giggle while watching the dancers rush through their outfit changes,” according to the docs filed.
“Plaintiff expressed concern to Amanda Nomura about the utter lack of privacy and necessary accommodations and tools Black female performers would need on tour,” the lawsuit claims, before alleging that “Nomura merely laughed at the dancers’ poor accommodations, and ‘advised’ Plaintiff not to alert anyone else about the issue or try to fix the issue.
She claimed she would later learn details that led her to believe this was a setup to humiliate, degrade, alienate, and, in some cases, fire, the Black female performers.”
Asha Daniels told ET that when she was contacted by Amanda Nomura to join Lizzo’s tour she was immensely excited and disappointed at how things have turned out.
“I thought, you know, this is an amazing opportunity. I really love Lizzo’s message as a Black woman and as a performer, and this is a great opportunity to work with someone whose values are in line with mine,” she recalled on how she felt at the time.
The below is culled from the Wikipedia entry for Lizzo.
Melissa Viviane Jefferson (born April 27, 1988) known professionally as Lizzo is an American rapper and singer.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, she moved to Houston, Texas, with her family when she was ten years old.
After college she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she began her recording career in hip hop music.
Before signing with Nice Life Recording Company and Atlantic Records, Lizzo released two studio albums, Lizzobangers (2013) and Big Grrrl Small World (2015).
Her first major-label EP, Coconut Oil, was released in 2016.
Lizzo attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You (2019), which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200.
The album spawned the singles “Juice” and “Tempo”. The deluxe version of the album included Lizzo’s 2017 single “Truth Hurts”, which became a viral sleeper hit two years after its initial release.
It topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and became the longest-leading solo song by a female rapper.
Around this time, her 2016 single “Good as Hell” also climbed the charts, reaching the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart.
Lizzo received eight nominations at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, the most for any artist that year, including nominations for each of the “Big Four” categories, and won the awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts”, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song “Jerome”.
In September 2023, a former stylist on her tour, Asha Daniels sued Lizzo for creating a hostile work environment that festered racist and fatphobic attacks.
Daniels mainly named Amanda Nomura, a Lizzo employee, as a culprit.
Lizzo was born on April 27, 1988, in Detroit, Michigan.
She was classically trained as a flutist by Claudia Momen for eight years, from the age of ten until she graduated from Alief Elsik High School in 2006, where she had started rapping.
At age 14, she formed a musical group called Cornrow Clique with her friends.
At this time, she acquired the nickname “Lizzo”, a variant of “Lissa”, inspired by Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”
In college, she studied classical music, concentrating on flute, at the University of Houston.
In August 2023, three former backup dancers filed a lawsuit against Lizzo, her production company, and her dance captain Shirlene Quigley, accusing them of sexual, religious, and racial harassment, disability discrimination, assault, false imprisonment, creating a hostile work environment, and weight-shaming.
Following the allegations, a former creative director for Lizzo and another former backup dancer showed support for the three claimants, saying they both had similar experiences working with Lizzo
Lizzo denied the allegations made against her, calling them “unbelievable”
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