Tiffany Haddish’s reps deny child sexual abuse allegations

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Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears are charged with child sexual abuse.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the actors allegedly assaulted a pair of siblings — named John Doe and Jane Doe in the filing — when they were 7 and 14. The Daily Beast first reported on the lawsuit on Thursday.

The lawsuit alleges that Haddish (“Girls Trip”) and Spears (“MADtv”) “groomed” and “molested” the plaintiffs, and that some incidents were captured on video. Haddish’s lawyer Andrew Brettler, however, denied the allegations.

“Plaintiff’s mother, Trizah Morris, has been trying to make these false claims against Ms Haddish for years,” he said in a statement to The Times. “Every lawyer 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.”

When The Times reached Thursday, Spears’ attorney, Debra Opri, replied, “He won’t fall for a shakedown.”

Central to the series are two incidents involving each of the siblings individually. Jane Doe claimed that in 2013, Spears and Haddish encouraged her to mimic fellatio’s moves for a skit. Jane Doe was 14 at the time. Then, in 2014, a 7-year-old John Doe was reportedly stripped down to his underwear and filmed for another skit featuring both Haddish and Spears.

“I don’t trust anyone, I’m afraid of adults, I refuse to be recorded or taken pictures because I’m afraid of… adults trying to do bad things to me again,” John Doe told the Daily Beast. “I spend all my time in my room and don’t go anywhere because I don’t trust anyone.”

As “an old family friend” of the siblings’ mother, Haddish regularly visited the plaintiffs’ home, the lawsuit said. The siblings also claim that Haddish took John Doe to Spears’ home, where he was allegedly harassed by the comedian.

“The molestation video was uploaded and published on the ‘Funny or Die’ website in 2014 and was not removed from the internet until May 2021,” the submission said. Funny or Die told TMZ on Thursday that it played no part in the video.

“Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content,” the statement said. “It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was immediately removed in 2018 after it became aware of its existence.”

According to the 31-page suit, Jane Doe’s interaction with Spears and Haddish in 2013 would involve copying the actions of a video in which a man and woman ate a sandwich while “moaning and making sexual noises” in a way “that simulated the act of fellatio.” Haddish is said to have shown Jane Doe “how to give fellatio, including movements, sounds, moaning and moaning.”

Jane Doe is also said to have appeared in a “sexually suggestive” video.

The 2014 skit involving John Doe is said to be a reel intended to help him land a gig on Nickelodeon, the lawsuit says.

In the skit – titled “By a pedophile” Eyes,” according to the suit – Spears was seen “lusting after the 7-year-old” who was in his underwear while Haddish was off-screen.

“After filming, Mr. Doe called his mother crying and said he didn’t want to film anymore,” the suit says.

The prosecutors’ mother contacted Spears several times and asked for the footage. Spears reportedly said he wasn’t done editing the video, but claimed the “video footage was unusable” and that he removed it. Haddish said she didn’t have a copy.

In 2018, the mother of the children tried to get a $15,000 settlement with Spears, but failed.

In the new lawsuit, John Doe and Jane Doe accuse Haddish and Spears of gross negligence, sexual acts, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor. They seek a reward, the amount to be determined at trial, for “general damage from the past, present and future.”

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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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