Tiffany Haddish and Ares Spears charged with child abuse in lawsuit

Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears are accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit.

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Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears are accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit.

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A civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by a 22-year-old woman on behalf of herself and her younger brother accuses famous actor and comedian Tiffany Haddish and fellow comedian Aries Spears of sexually abusing plaintiffs when they were minors. .

Filed using the pseudonyms “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” (brother, born in 2007, still a minor), the suit alleges Haddish and Spears attended the young plaintiffs and forced them to “film sexually explicit child pornography”.

Prosecutors claim they were introduced to Hadash and Spears through their mother. The lawsuit describes Haddish as an “old friend of the family.”

“Hadash and Spears exploited and robbed a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old child,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit highlights two separate incidents of alleged sexual abuse of minors, allegedly occurring in Los Angeles. Jane Doe accuses artists of pressuring her to imitate tongue for a video clip in 2013. The lawsuit also alleges that John Doe was forced to appear in a sexually suggestive video in his underwear and that the 2014 movie featured both Haddish and Spears.

The video, “Through the Eyes of a Baby Lover,” found its way onto the comedy video site Funny Or Die and elsewhere on the web.

“Funny Or Die found this video extremely disgusting and would not produce such content,” a company spokesperson said in a statement posted to NPR. “We were not involved in the conceptualization, development, financing or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was removed in 2018 as soon as we became aware of its existence.”

In a statement shared with NPR via email, Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, dismissed the plaintiffs’ allegations against his client as “fake.” Breitler said the plaintiffs’ mother had been trying to discredit Haddish with these accusations for several years.

“Every attorney who initially took on her case – and there were many – eventually dropped the case once it became clear that the allegations were baseless and that Mrs. Haddish would not be shaken. Now, [she] Her adult daughter represents herself in this suit. Together, the two will face the consequences of pursuing this absurd act.”

Spears’ attorney, Debra Aubrey, responded to NPR’s request for a one-line comment regarding her client’s response to the allegations: “He will not fall into the trap of any extortion.”

In an email sent to NPR from “Jane Doe,” the plaintiff noted that Haddish’s attorney Brettler has “built his career” on representing celebrities involved in sexual assault cases. “It is not surprising that Mr. Brettler would attempt to divert attention from the legitimate claims made by my brother and I, to shift the blame and attention to our mother, who is not a party to this lawsuit.”

Jane Doe said that in addition to the civil lawsuit filed this week, she and her brother are calling on the Los Angeles Police Department to file criminal charges against the artists. It is our hope that LAPD will finally act and immediately arrest Tiffany Haddish and Ares Spears.”

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