Tiffany Haddish spoke out for the first time after she and Aries Spears were charged with “intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor.”
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Aug. 30, a 22-year-old woman who goes by the name Jane Doe alleged that the two comedians forced her and her 15-year-old brother — who goes by the name John Doe — separately to make inappropriate appearances. acting on camera when they were both minors.
In an Instagram post shared on Monday (September 5), Haddish wrote a message to fans, saying: “I know people have a lot of questions. I understand. I’m there with you.
“Unfortunately, because there is a legal case going on, there is very little I can say at this time,” he continued.
After the lawsuit, the two comedians faced a barrage of criticism for an old comedy sketch called “Through the Eyes of a Pedophile,” which was apparently posted on the site. Funny or Die.
“Clearly, while this skit was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret agreeing to act in it,” Haddish added.
A representative for Funny or Die he said The Daily Beast in a statement that they “found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content.”
“We were not involved in the conception, development, financing or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was removed in 2018 immediately after it became aware of its existence.”
According to the complaint, Spears played a pedophile in the video, which included scenes of him massaging John’s back with oil, among other sexually suggestive acts. The lawsuit alleged that after the shooting ended, “[John] he called his mother crying, saying he didn’t want to make a movie anymore.”
The report states that at the time, Jane was 14 and John was seven.
Elsewhere in the suit, Jane claimed Haddish recruited her to film a commercial after she attended a comedy camp where Haddish was a guest speaker.
According to the legal documents, Haddish and Spears allegedly made Jane watch a video in which a man and a woman shared a sandwich in “a manner that simulated the act of fellatio” while she “groaned and made sexual noises.”
Spears then allegedly told Jane to “mimic what she had seen on the screen, including making noises exactly like what she heard throughout the video.”
The complaint said Jane recalled feeling “nervous and disgusted” at the time, adding that “Hadish verbally explained what was expected of Plaintiff Jane Doe and then showed Plaintiff Jane Doe how to perform fellatio, including movements, noises, moaning and groaning”.
Reps for Haddish and Spears denied the allegations in separate statements on Sept. 1.
Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, said in a statement that the plaintiff’s mother “has been trying to pursue these false allegations against Haddish for several years.”
Spears’ attorney, Debra Opri, added that her client “is not going to submit to any shakedown.”
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