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Jameela Jamil defends herself after fans accuse her of supporting Lizzo following bombshell allegations

Dominic Smithers

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Jameela Jamil defends herself after fans accuse her of supporting Lizzo following bombshell allegations

Featured Image Credit: Marla Aufmuth/Dave Simpson/Contributor/Getty

Jameela Jamil has hit back at critics who've slammed her for apparently supporting Lizzo.

This week, allegations were made against the popstar - real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson - by former dancers.

They claim Lizzo created a toxic work environment, and that there were instances of sexual harassment, false imprisonment, and interference with prospective economic advantage.

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Following the accusations, the singer came out and defended herself, claiming that none of what has been said is true.

In a post to her Instagram account, Lizzo said: "These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing," she said on social media.

"My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned.

"My character has been criticized."

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Jameela Jamil has been criticized by some over her apparent support of Lizzo. Credit: Marla Aufmuth/Contributor/Getty
Jameela Jamil has been criticized by some over her apparent support of Lizzo. Credit: Marla Aufmuth/Contributor/Getty

She also made reference to the fact that she is often body shamed and would never fire a member of staff due to their weight.

Reacting to the post, Jamil left a series of love hearts in the comments.

As a result, the British actor received a huge backlash, with people claiming she was supporting the singer over the allegations made against her.

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Now, the Good Place star has decided to comment on the criticism directed at her.

In a statement shared on her Instagram Stories, Jamil said she was not jumping to conclusions with regards to the allegations made against Lizzo.

Instead, she claimed, she was showing support to someone who had received abuse for their appearance, which Jamil said was never ok, no matter the situation.

"Stop flooding my DMs about Lizzo," she started the post off with. "Nobody knows what has actually happened.

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"Due to the all too familiar pipeline of a woman, especially a Black woman, flying too high in the media, becoming more powerful than the media and being too comfortable in her own skin, then being DRAGGED down and punished over *claims* before they are proven to be true, I don't think it's wise to start jumping in with speculation.

Jamil said it was wrong to body shame someone. Credit: Instagram/jameelajamil
Jamil said it was wrong to body shame someone. Credit: Instagram/jameelajamil

"And the excuse of this accusation being used to justify abhorrent abuse about Lizzo's appearance is bat s**t crazy. See Meg Thee Stallion, Meghan Markle, Whitney, Janet, Mariah... all went through similar moments when doing too well."

Jamil went on to say that nobody knows the truth about what happened, so it would be stupid to rush to judgements.

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While not dismissing the allegations, the 37-year-old said that body shaming people was not a reasonable response.

Concluding her post, Jamil added: "Lizzo might not see what you say about her body, but your friends/colleagues with bigger bodies might.

"Keep your critiques to what is relevant: do not allow for a woman to be ripped to shreds over her appearance."

Topics: Celebrity, US News, Lizzo, Viral, Instagram

Dominic Smithers
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