Lizzo says a ‘racist bigot’ security guard ‘slapped and manhandled’ her stylists following her performance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest
- Lizzo says the incident occurred on Thursday night following her performance at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- She claims a security guard slapped and attacked her hair stylist and stylist
- The singer-rapper tweeted that she planned to file a complaint against the guard
- Summerfest issued an apology in a statement and says it is investigating the incident
- It’s unknown if anyone was injured in the incident or if any charges will be filed with Milwaukee police
Lizzo says a security guard tackled two members of her staff to the ground and used ‘hurtful language’ just moments after her performance at Summerfest.
The singer-rapper was the headliner on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage on Thursday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and played what she described as ‘the best show ever’.
But as her team was leaving, she claims the guard ‘slapped and manhandled’ her hair stylist and stylist and that she was ‘out for blood’.
‘Did anybody get footage of the security guard that tackled and attacked my team @Summerfest,’ she wrote. ‘They slapped and manhandled my hair stylist and stylist and I’m out for blood.’
Lizzo, 31, uploaded video of the guard she claims carried out the incident, but has since deleted it.
Lizzo says a security guard tackled two members of her staff to the ground and used ‘hurtful language’ just moments after her performance at Summerfest (pictured) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In a tweet, Lizzo claims the guard ‘slapped and manhandled’ her hair stylist and stylist and that she was ‘out for blood’. She uploaded video of the guard she claims carried out the incident (left and right), but has since deleted it
It’s unknown if anyone was injured in the incident or if any charges will be filed with Milwaukee police. Pictured: Lizzo performing at Summerfest
It’s unclear why the guard ‘manhandled’ the two members of Lizzo’s team or if anyone was injured in the incident.
It’s also unclear if Milwaukee police plan to investigate the incident or if charges will be filed.
The ‘Water Me’ singer said she felt her Summerfest performance was tainted by the incident.
‘Tonight was beautiful. You are beautiful. But the struggle ain’t over. Racism and bigotry don’t care if you’re a headliner,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘Thank you @summerfest. We will be filing a complaint against that bigoted ‘security’ guard and I hope you’ll be cooperative in seeking justice. ‘
Summerfest issued a statement on Friday on Twitter, promising to conduct a ‘thorough investigation.’
In a series of tweets, written early Friday morning, the singer-rapper wrote that she planned to file a complaint against the guard
‘Lizzo gave an incredible performance which she now feels is tarnished by events which occurred during the performance,’ the statement read in part.
‘We do not tolerate racism in any form. We have an experienced crowd management staff who strive to protect performers & fans. While there may be challenges during a performance, we expect those challenges to be handled professionally & respectfully.’
The organization also promised to take ‘appropriate action’ if their investigation concludes the bodyguard was in the wrong.
She is currently en route to the UK, where she will be performing at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.
Summerfest issued an apology in a statement and says it is investigating the incident. Pictured: Lizzo performing at Summerfest
Lizzo is currently en route to the UK, where she will be performing at the Glastonbury Festival. Pictured: Lizzo performing at the BET Awards, June 2019
This is not the first time that an artist has claimed they’ve been subject to racism by those working at a music festival.
Singer-songwriter Dev Hynes said he was assaulted by private security guards at Lollapalooza in 2014 after wearing a T-shirt dedicated to Jordan Davis, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, reported Billboard.
And, in April, rapper Stomzy pulled out of the Snowbombing festival in Austira after claiming he and his entourage ‘were racially profiled, targeted and aggressively handled’ by security.