UPDATE: A lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and comedian Aries Spears has been dismissed. The female plaintiff requested a judge to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning the lawsuit cannot be resubmitted, according to court documents obtained by: TMZ.
The Jane Doe who asked for the resignation issued a statement on the matter: “My family and I have known Tiffany Haddish for many years – and we now know that she would never harm me or my brother or help anyone else do something. do that that could harm us. . We wish Tiffany the best and are glad we can put all this behind us.”
Before that, Tiffany Haddish had spoken out in response to the child sexual abuse lawsuit brought against her and Spears.
“I know people have a lot of questions. I get it. I’m right there with you,” Haddish continued Instagram. “Unfortunately, as there is an ongoing legal case, I can’t say much about it at the moment. But obviously, while this sketch was meant to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all – and I deeply regret that I agreed to star in it. I’m really looking forward to sharing a lot more about this situation as soon as possible.”
The lawsuit, filed by an anonymous woman, alleged that Haddish and Spears exploited Jane Doe, now 22, and her brother John Doe, now 14, in two comedy skits filmed when they were children.
In a clip titled “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes,” Spears’ character plays a pedophile lusting after John Doe, who was then 7 years old, according to the lawsuit. Haddish plays the boy’s mother, who leaves her child with the man. According to The everyday beast“John [Doe] spends most of the video alone in his underwear as Spears’ character lurks at him through two holes in a newspaper he pretends to read. During the sketch, the camera suggestively zooms in on the 7-year-old’s buttocks and crotch as he plays. Spears sprays baby oil on the child’s back and massages it into his shoulders in one scene, and in another the child plays with a train in a way that suggests phallic masturbation. In another series, Spears smokes a cigarette while observing the child naked in a bathtub and pouring water over his feet.
The video ends with the caption, “Watch who you leave your kids with.” Funny or Die, where Spears originally uploaded the video, deleted the clip in 2018, telling The Daily Beast it was “absolutely disgusting”.
Haddish’s attorney Andrew Brettler said in a statement: Vanity Fair that the accuser’s mother, Trizah Morris, “has been trying to assert these false claims against Ms. Haddish for several years.”
Brettler continued: “Every attorney who initially took on her case – and there were several – eventually dropped the case when it became clear the claims were unfounded and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken off. Now Ms. Morris is having her adult daughter represented in this lawsuit. The two together will suffer the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”
Read Haddish’s statement below:
J. Kim Murphy contributed to this report.