Tiffany Wells, a former Postmates employee, filed the lawsuit against the singer on Friday, according to court documents. The suit accuses Melissa Jefferson — known better by her stage name, Lizzo — of libel, false invasion of privacy and causing emotional distress.
Wells’ claims stem from a Sept. 16 incident in Los Angeles, when Lizzo used the food delivery app to order a meal from Luke’s Lobster. After the “Truth Hurts” singer didn’t receive her order, she took to social media to criticize both Wells and Postmates for the missing meal.
“Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food she lucky I don’t fight no more,” Lizzo wrote in a now-deleted tweet, in which she also shared a photo of Wells.
The comment received plenty of backlash online, with many of Lizzo’s followers saying it was out of line to publically shame a delivery worker.
“Jesus. This poor girl is going to get fired and then hunted down. Come on, Lizzo,” one person tweeted in response.
The 31-year-old rapper later received a tweet from Postmates asking her to message the company directly about her “less than satisfactory” experience. Lizzo also tweeted an apology the following day, saying she should not have put Wells “on blast.”
“Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door,” the “Truth Hurts” singer added.
But Wells’ lawsuit alleges that she required more than a social media apology. Wells, 27, claims she was forced to quit her job as a Postmates driver the following day, as she “feared for her physical safety” and was receiving “direct threats of violence.”
“[Lizzo] acted with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth when she tweeted the false statements of or concerning [Wells],” the lawsuit states.
The suit adds that Lizzo’s tweet “negligently [failed] to determine the true facts.” According to Page Six, the driver waited for five minutes — the wait time required for Postmates delivery workers — after arriving at the singer’s location and left after being unable to reach her.
Wells’ claim adds that she even walked around the hotel where Lizzo was staying, asking employees about a guest named “Bonnie V” — the name used for the order. She says she was told there was no one by that name staying at the hotel.
The suit demands that Lizzo pay Wells for damages related to the incident, as well as legal fees and any “other legal and equitable relief as [the court] deems just and proper.”
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