Former Postmates Delivery Woman Files Lawsuit Against Lizzo Over Defamatory Tweets
Turns out, hangry tweeting comes with a free side of consequences.
November 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm
Tiffany Wells, the former Postmates employee who was accused of stealing Lizzo's food, is now suing the "Truth Hurts" artist for "libel, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false light invasion of privacy."
As Blavity previously reported, after an order placed through Postmates seemingly never arrived, Lizzo aired her grievances over her missing seafood dinner on Twitter.
“Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food she lucky I don’t fight no more,” she captioned above a screenshot featuring Wells on September 16 in a now-deleted tweet. Fans, including other notable public figures like journalist Jemele Hill, impulsively tweeted their take on the situation.
How Tiffany is walking around with Lizzo’s food— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 17, 2019
While some posts were lighthearted mockery, others took a more aggressive tone, even threatening acts of violence against the Postmates driver. The following day, Lizzo circled back with an apology, acknowledging how disclosing Wells' identity was not only petty, but also could've put her in danger.
Tiffany after picking up Lizzo's food pic.twitter.com/AUvAYhBEKo— Marcus aka “The Streets” (@trashtivist) September 17, 2019
"I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that couldn've put her in danger," the "Juice" singer tweeted. "Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and pride at the door."
I apologize for putting that girl on blast. I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger. Imma really be more responsible with my use of social media and check my petty and my pride at the door. 🥺— Feelin Good As Hell (@lizzo) September 17, 2019
Despite Lizzo's apology, the backlash from her large following left Wells shook, to say the least. Multiple outlets reported that since her identity was revealed on social media, Wells has essentially been living in fear.
In a September 23 interview with TMZ, Wells attempted to defend herself, asserting that she did, in fact, try to drop off the meal while also following Postmates' standard delivery protocol. Because the order was scheduled to go to a hotel address but did not include a room number, Wells claimed she even waited longer than Postmates' required five minutes while attempting to connect with customer Lizzo, who had placed the order under the alias "Bonnie V."
Unfortunately, powerful celebrity influence coupled with hasty Twitter fingers had already poisoned public opinions. According to court documents filed with the District Court of Central California on November 15, after receiving numerous violent threats, Wells' humiliation has left her incapacitated to the point where she's afraid to leave her home.
"As [a] result of Lizzo’s extreme and outrageous conduct, [Tiffany Wells] suffered severe anxiety and emotional distress," the lawsuit reads.
Concerns over physical safety and the fear of being recognized have also had an adverse impact on Wells' ability to make a living, forcing her to walk away from her courier career. In addition to Postmates, she's also stopped delivering on behalf of Uber Eats and Caviar.
The suit accuses Lizzo of acting "with actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth when she tweeted the false statements of or concerning [Tiffany Wells]," as Wells did reportedly attempt to reach out to the singer when her food arrived. "
Additionally, the document claims "Lizzo’s conduct was extreme and outrageous in that she used her celebrity to publicly defame, disparage and threaten a private individual (i.e.[Tiffany Wells]), to roughly one million Twitter followers."
Lizzo and her legal team reportedly have yet to comment. The jury is still out on whether they will choose to make a public statement or address the controversy using a more discreet approach.