A lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by Tiffany Haddish and Aerys Spears has been dismissed.
by Douglas Helm | published
Sexual abuse lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish (unbearable load of huge talent) and Aries Spears (MADTV) has been dropped. The lawsuit was filed by a Jane Doe plaintiff, who accused Haddish and Spears of forcing her and her brother to perform sexually suggestive acts on camera when both were minors. As per court documents obtained by TMZThe plaintiffs asked for the case to be dismissed with prejudice – meaning it cannot be retried.
The woman who filed the lawsuit gave a statement on the decision to drop the charges, “My family and I have known Tiffany Haddish for many years – and now we know she will never harm me or my brother or anyone else.” Wouldn’t help anything. That could harm us. We wish Tiffany the best and glad we can all get past this. The statement didn’t include any comments about Aries Spears, but she still free from facing trial.
The lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Aerys Spears was filed last month by the 22-year-old plaintiff. In the lawsuit, it is alleged that the two comedians intentionally participated in emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor. Haddish also faces charges of negligent supervision/failure to warn, breach of fiduciary duty, and constructive fraud. According to the suit, the alleged incidents occurred when the woman was 14 years old and the brother, listed as John Doe, was 7 years old.
Representatives for Tiffany Haddish and Aerys Spears both strongly denied the allegations, noting that the plaintiff’s mother was attempting to “shake” the two actors with “false claims.” Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Breitler, said that several lawyers who initially took on the plaintiff’s case left him shortly after. With the case being dismissed with prejudice, it appears that the plaintiff will not proceed again in the future.
At the center of the lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Aris Spears was a sketch uploaded to the Funny or Die website, founded by Will Ferrell, titled “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes”. Reportedly, the sketch portrayed Spears as a pedophile who rubbed massage oil on John Doe’s back and watched him in the bathtub while smoking a cigarette. This alleged incident happened in 2014 and Jane was reportedly asked to stay downstairs while her brother filmed upstairs.
The lawsuit also details a separate alleged incident in a 2013 sketch involving Jane Doe. The lawsuit alleges that Jane Doe was shown a video of a man and woman having oral sex with a sandwich. It further alleges that Spears asked Jane Doe to copy the video and Haddish explained how the oral sex was performed.
A representative for Funny or Die explained that the sketch was uploaded as user-generated content and that they were not involved in the creation of the sketch. Funny or Die quickly removed the sketch from their site in 2018 when they were made aware of it. He said he found the video “absolutely disgusting”.
After the lawsuit spread through the news, Tiffany Haddish apologized for being part of the Funny or Die sketch on social media. It is unclear at this time whether the lawsuit was dropped entirely or if an out-of-court settlement was reached. We’ll keep you updated with further news, but it appears Spears and Haddish will no longer be dealing with these allegations.