HOLLYWOOD – Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears, two comedians, have been accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 30, alleging that the pair coerced minors into filming explicit skits.
Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, has denied the allegations, calling them a “shakedown.” Brettler stated in a statement (via People) that the plaintiff’s mother, Trizah Morris, “has been attempting to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years.” Every attorney who initially took on her case â and there were several â eventually dropped the case when it became clear that the claims were without merit and Ms. Haddish would not be swayed.”
According to the lawsuit, a 22-year-old woman identified as “Jane Doe” claims that when she was 14, Haddish took her to the taping of a “sexually suggestive Subway commercial,” claiming that it would help her television career. According to the claim, Haddish allegedly demonstrated inappropriate sexual acts to Jane Doe.
It also claims that Haddish and Spears filmed a sexually inappropriate comedy sketch with Jane Doe and her then-7-year-old brother, “John Doe.” It claims Haddish saw “and aided, abetted, and watched Spears sexually molest a child” in the video, which featured Spears as a paedophile and Haddish as the child’s mother.
The video was allegedly posted in 2014 on the website Funny or Die before being removed in 2018. According to TMZ, “Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content.” “We had no part in the conceptualization, development, funding, or productionâ¦ It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was removed in 2018 as soon as its existence was discovered.”
Haddish and Spears are being sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and minor sexual abuse. Haddish is also being sued for breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, and negligent supervision/failure to warn. – TV Insider