The anonymous plaintiff who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of massaging and molesting her and her younger brother when they were children as part of sexually charged comics has dropped her lawsuit.
Under a dismissal notice that Haddish’s lawyers shared with BuzzFeed News, the plaintiff asked a federal judge in the US District Court of Central California on Tuesday to dismiss her lawsuit with bias, meaning it cannot be filed again.
The plaintiff, named in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, released a statement to TMZ and Deadline stating that she and her family “have known Tiffany Haddish for many years, and we now know that she would never hurt me, my brother, or help anyone do anything that could harm us.”
“We wish the best for Tiffany and are thrilled to be able to put all of this behind us,” the plaintiff, who did not mention comedian Spears, said in her statement.
In the original lawsuit filed at the end of August, the two anonymous plaintiffs accused the comedians of recruiting them to perform indecent acts of a sexual nature in comedy sketches filmed in 2013 and 2014.
The plaintiffs, who are the children of one of Haddish’s former friends, were 7 and 14 years old, respectively, at the time of the alleged facts, according to the original lawsuit.
The original complaint against Hadash and Spears accused them of intentionally causing emotional distress, gross negligence, neglect of supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, construction fraud, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and sexual assault of a minor.
When the lawsuit was filed a few weeks ago, Haddish attorney Andrew Brettler denied the allegations in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News:
The plaintiff’s mother… has been trying for several years to confirm these false allegations against Ms. Haddish. Every attorney who initially took on her case – and there were several – eventually dropped the case once it became clear that the allegations were unfounded and that Mrs. Haddish would not be shaken. Currently, [the mother] Her adult daughter represents herself in this suit. Together, the two will face the consequences of pursuing this petty act.
(BuzzFeed News has not published the mother’s name to protect the plaintiffs’ privacy.)
The original complaint stated that Haddish took Jane Doe, then 14, to a Hollywood studio to shoot a “sexually suggestive” video. The comedians asked the minor to watch a video clip showing a group of women eating a sandwich and “groaning and making sexual noises while eating the sandwich in a way that mimics the act of tongue,” according to the lawsuit.
The plaintiff alleged that Spears told Jane Doe that he wanted her to mimic what she saw on screen, “including noises exactly like what she heard during the video.” Haddish then allegedly showed Jane Doe how to give tongue “including movements, noises, whining and whining.”
The plaintiff said Haddish paid her $100 and sent her home.
A year later, in 2014, Haddish reached out to the mother about filming another video, this time with her 7-year-old son, John Doe. The video was a comic strip called “Through the Eyes of Pedophiles”.
The lawsuit alleged that John was stripped “down to his underwear” and that the video showed Spears “craving and molesting the 7-year-old throughout the video.” Prosecutors also alleged that Haddish was present during the filming of the video.
After the lawsuit was filed, Haddish herself responded on Instagram, saying she regrets being part of the videos.
Haddish said, “I know people have a bunch of questions. I see. I’m with you. Unfortunately, because there’s a legal case going on, there’s very little I can say right now.” “But, obviously, while this drawing was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all – and I’m so sorry I agreed to star in it.”
David Mack contributed to this story.
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