This is coming to the fore after Tiffany Haddish was accused of molestation.
Last Tuesday, a 22-year-old woman identified as Jane Doe sued 42-year-old Haddish and comedian Aerys Spears in California’s Superior Court for Los Angeles County on her behalf and identified a minor as John Doe, her younger brother. Made as a brother. In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jane alleges that Haddish “dressed up” the plaintiffs, causing them to be “traumatized to life.”
The plaintiffs claimed that Haddish was a “longtime family friend” of her mother and that in 2013, when Jane Doe was 14, Haddish took her to tapes of a “sexually suggestive Subway commercial”, which Haddish allegedly claimed. But asked to help get to Jane Doe. Television and Kishori’s film will be included in the reel. During the taping, Haddish allegedly instructed Jane Doe to perform inappropriate sexual acts after seeing a man and woman in a video.
In a statement on Instagram Monday morning, Haddish wrote, “I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it. I’m right there with you. Unfortunately, because there is a legal case going on, very little is done.” What I can say right away.”
“But,” she continued, “frankly, while this sketch was intended to be comical, it wasn’t funny at all—and I deeply regret agreeing to star in it. I really didn’t have much to share. I look forward to being able to address this situation as soon as I can.”
According to the filing, plaintiff John Doe was allegedly molested by Spears in 2014 after Haddish told him he would tape a reel for Nickelodeon at Spears’ home. While there, Haddish reportedly told Jane Doe that she needed John Doe alone and took him to a room where Spears began “sparring” with the then-7-year-old on film. Plaintiff’s court documents claim that Haddish witnessed the alleged incident “and aided, abetted and witnessed Spears sexually abuse a child.”
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John Doe said in a statement that Spears and Haddish gave him a drink that made him sleepy and “happy face candy.” He said Haddish also reportedly paid $100 to the siblings.
“Both plaintiffs were minors and were unable to consent to participate in sexually graphic videos distributed and published through the ‘Funny Or Die’ platform,” the lawsuit states.
Haddish and Spears are being prosecuted for intentional emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor. Haddish is also prosecuted for negligent supervision/failure to warn, breach of fiduciary duty, and constructive fraud.
In a statement to People, Funny or Die said, “Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and will never produce such content. We were not involved in the concept, development, funding or production of this video.” It was uploaded to the site as user generated content and was removed in 2018 soon after it became aware of its existence.”
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Haddish’s attorney said in a statement about the lawsuit that the plaintiff’s mother “has been trying to insist on these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for many years. Every lawyer who has initially taken on her case – and there were many – The case was eventually dropped once it became clear that the claims were baseless and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken.”
The lawyer added: “Now, [the mother] Her adult daughter is representing herself in the trial. Together they will have to face the consequences of this petty action.”
Spears’ attorney also said in a statement that she was “not going to get into any trouble.”
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, text “STRENGTH” on the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to connect with a certified crisis counselor.