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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 famed actor, comedian and author Tiffany Haddish and fellow comedian Aries Spears of sexually assaulting the plaintiffs. when they were both minors.
The lawsuit, filed under the pseudonyms “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” (the brother, born in 2007, is still a minor), alleges that Haddish and Spears groomed the young plaintiffs and forced them to perform “sexually explicit child pornography skits.” to film”.
Prosecutors allege that they came into contact with Haddish and Spears through their mother. The lawsuit describes Haddish as an “old family friend.”
The lawsuit states, “Haddish and Spears abused and stole 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 the entertainers of pressuring her to impersonate fellatio for a video 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 film had both Haddish as Spears contained.
The video, “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes,” found its way onto the comedy video website Funny Or Die and elsewhere on the Internet.
“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, financing or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was immediately removed in 2018 after we became aware of its existence.”
In a statement shared with NPR via email, Andrew Brettler, Haddish’s attorney, dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims against his client as “fake.” Brettler said the prosecutors’ mother has been trying to discredit Haddish with these allegations for several years.
“Every attorney who initially took her case — and there were several — eventually dropped the case when it became clear the claims were baseless and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken off. Now, [she] let her adult daughter represent herself in this lawsuit. The two together will suffer the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”
Spears’ attorney Debra Opri responded to NPR’s request for comment with one line regarding her client’s response to the allegations: “He won’t fall for a shakedown.”
In an email sent by “Jane Doe” to NPR, the plaintiff noted that Haddish’s attorney Brettler “built his career” by representing celebrities involved in sexual abuse cases. “We are not surprised that Mr. Brettler would try 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 bring criminal charges against the entertainers. “It is our hope that the LAPD will finally step in and immediately arrest both Tiffany Haddish and Ram Spears.”