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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 acclaimed actor, comedian and author Tiffany Haddish and fellow comedian Aries Spears of abusing sexually complaining when they were both minors. .
Filed under the aliases “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” (the brother, born in 2007, is still a minor), the lawsuit alleges that Haddish and Spears groomed the young plaintiffs and coerced them into “filming sexually explicit child pornography sketches “.
The plaintiffs allege they were introduced to Haddish and Spears through their mother. The lawsuit describes Haddish as a “longtime friend of the family.”
The lawsuit argues that “Haddish and Spears took advantage of and robbed the youth of a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old.”
The lawsuit highlights two separate incidents of alleged sexual abuse of minors, alleging that both took place in Los Angeles. Jane Doe accuses artists of pushing her to imitate fellatio for a video in 2013. The lawsuit also alleges that John Doe was coerced into appearing in a sexually suggestive video in his underwear and that the 2014 film featured at both Haddish and Spears.
The video, “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes”, found its way onto the comedy video website Funny Or Die and elsewhere on the web.
“Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content,” a company spokesperson said in a statement shared with NPR. “We were not involved in the conceptualization, development, funding or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was removed in 2018 immediately after taking knowledge of its existence.
In a statement shared with NPR via email, Andrew Brettler, Haddish’s attorney, dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims against his client as “false.” Brettler said the plaintiffs’ mother had been trying to discredit Haddish with these accusations for several years.
“All of the lawyers who initially took on her case – and there were several – eventually dropped the case once it became clear that the claims were without merit and that Ms Haddish would not be moved. Now , [she] to his adult daughter who is representing herself in this lawsuit. Both will face the consequences of continuing this frivolous action together.”
Spears’ attorney, Debra Opri, responded to NPR’s request for comment with a line regarding her client’s response to the allegations: “He’s not going to fall for the trap.”
In an email sent to NPR by “Jane Doe,” the plaintiff noted that Haddish’s attorney, Brettler, had “built his career” representing celebrities involved in sexual abuse cases. “We are not surprised that Mr. Brettler is trying to deflect attention from the legitimate claims made by my brother and I, to shift 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 criminally charge the artists. “We hope the LAPD will finally take action and immediately arrest Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears.”