Woman dismisses lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Ares Spears

LOS ANGELES — A woman who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of coercing her and her brother to record sexually explicit skits when they were children filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the suit.

The front page of the file, obtained by NBC News, asked the US District Court of Central California to dismiss her claim with bias, meaning it cannot be filed again. No reason was given on the first page of the withdrawal.

The woman, who was identified in the original claim as Jane Doe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement to TMZ, she said on Tuesday, “We’re glad we can all put this behind us.”

“My family and I have known Tiffany Haddish for many years – and now we know that she will not harm me, my brother, or help anyone else do anything that could harm us,” the statement said.

Haddish’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spears’ representatives also did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court August 30 and moving to federal court a week and a half later, alleges Haddish and Spears separately forced siblings when they were children to engage in sexually explicit plays. Her post claims she “stole a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old”.

Jane Doe, 22, filed the lawsuit on behalf of herself and her younger brother, who is still a juvenile.

Six days after filing the lawsuit, Haddish posted a message on Instagram regretting her role in one of the comedic clips..

“While this drawing was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all – and I’m so sorry he agreed to star in it,” Haddish said in a post on September 5.

According to the lawsuit, the two brothers’ mother had a close relationship with Haddish, the star of “Girls Trip” and several other films, when they were children.

The lawsuit said Haddish appeared in 2013 as a guest speaker at a summer camp Jane Doe attended when she was 14. Prosecutors alleged at the time that Haddish said she had the “ideal role” of a teenager.

The lawsuit alleged that the sitcom included Haddish teaching Jane Doe how to imitate tongue on a sub sandwich.

The lawsuit also alleged that a year later, her brother appeared in a skit called “Through the Eyes of a Pedophile,” about leaving a boy with a man, played by veteran Spears on “Mad TV,” who “craves a child with lust” and enters the bathtub. with him.

According to the filing, the 7-year-old was stripped of his “underwear” in most scenes.

Then, he called his mother to tell her he didn’t want to be involved anymore, according to the lawsuit.

His mother repeatedly asked Spears and Haddish “what was filmed that made her son cry,” the lawsuit alleges. Haddish said she would return to her mother to submit the unedited video, but later said it was unusable and was deleted, the lawsuit alleges.

The recording file said the mother did not learn the content of the piece until nearly four years later, in June 2018, when it was posted on Funny Or Die.

The suit said she had declared she would never allow her son to participate in a “sit-up about child pornography”.

Funny Or Die, an independent comedy studio, said the video was uploaded as user-generated content and that it was promptly removed when the studio learned of it. A company spokesperson said in a statement this month that the platform found the video “extremely disgusting”.

The lawsuit sought unspecified damages from Hadash, 42, and Spears, 47, who worked together on the 2019 movie “Kitchen.”

The lawsuit alleged that as a result of the siblings’ participation in the comic strips, they developed social unrest.

Celebrity lawyers have described the lawsuit as extortion in previous statements.

Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said Jane Doe’s mother “has been trying to confirm these false allegations against Ms. Haddish for several years.” He said Haddish “won’t be shaken.” Similarly, Debra Aubrey, Spears’ attorney, said he “would not fall into the trap of any blackmail.”

Jane Doe sent a letter this month asking Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon’s office to “arrest and prosecute” Hadash and Spears.


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