Comedians Tiffany Haddish, Aries Spears accused of child sexual abuse

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Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears were charged with child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit – filed on behalf of anonymous individuals Jane Doe and John Doe, the latter of whom is still a minor – alleges that Jane was sexually harassed and abused by Haddish and Spears while attending a comedy camp in 2013, when she was 14, and that John was abused while filming a skit in 2014 when he was 7.

Jane, now 22, is the legal guardian of John, her younger brother who was born in 2007. They knew Haddish as a friend of the family through their mother, who, according to the document, learned of the alleged incidents afterwards and became “distraught, extremely sad, depressed, shocked, cold, numb, nauseous and suicidal for trusting Haddish with her children.” .”

The Daily Beast first reported news about the suit.

In a statement shared with The Washington Post on Friday, Andrew Brettler, a lawyer for Haddish, said the mother “has been trying to assert these false claims against Ms. Haddish for several years. … Utilities, [she] let her adult daughter represent herself in this lawsuit. The two together will suffer the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”

Debra Opri, a Spears attorney, said her client “will not fall for a shakedown.”

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In the summer of 2013, a teenage Jane attended a comedy camp where Haddish was a guest speaker. According to the suit, Haddish told Jane she had a part for her in a comedy skit and showed Jane a video of two people arguing over a sandwich which they then started eating at the same time “in a way that simulated the act of fellatio.” .” Jane claimed that Spears, who was also present, then told her to mimic the actions and sounds she had seen, and that Haddish had also coached Jane on how to do it.

“Physically, emotionally and mentally uncomfortable, Plaintiff Jane Doe mimicked the acts Haddish and Spears wanted her to do so she could go home,” the lawsuit alleges, adding that “until now, Haddish has been a role model for these 14-year-olds.” year-old victim.… Haddish cared for the child victim, gaining her trust and creating a false sense of security.”

A year later, Haddish is said to have taken the kids to Spears’ house to film John in a video sketch that she said would help him book a role on Nickelodeon. The suit states that Haddish separated the siblings and that she and Spears stripped John down to his underwear to film a video titled “Through A Pedophiles Eyes” which depicted “Spears carrying the 7-year-old child.” covet and harass him everywhere.” The document contains photos of the statues, which sometimes focused on John’s body.

The children’s mother said Haddish and Spears were evasive when she asked to see the footage that had made her son cry. According to the lawsuit, the video was uploaded to the Funny or Die website. In a statement shared with The Post, Funny or Die said the company “found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content. We were not involved in the conception, development, funding or production of this video. It was sent to the site. uploaded as user-generated content and was immediately removed in 2018 after becoming aware of its existence.

Spears is best known for appearing regularly on the sketch comedy series ‘Mad TV’, while Haddish made the A-list following her breakout in the 2017 comedy ‘Girls Trip’. Jane claimed in the lawsuit that seeing Haddish oral sex in a scene from the movie “unlocked a repressed memory” and led Jane to realize “the seriousness of what happened to her”.

Alice Crites contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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