The anonymous plaintiff who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of grooming and molesting her and her younger brother as children as part of sexually charged comedy skits has dropped her lawsuit.
According to a discharge notice shared by Haddish’s lawyers with BuzzFeed News, the prosecutor on Tuesday asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for Central California to dismiss her lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be resubmitted.
The plaintiff, referred to only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, issued a statement to TMZ and Deadline saying that she and her family “have known Tiffany Haddish for many years, and we now know that she would never harm me or my brother or someone would help.” otherwise do something that could harm us.
“We wish Tiffany the best and are glad we can put all this behind us,” said the prosecutor, who did not name comedian Spears in her statement.
In the original lawsuit filed in late August, the two anonymous plaintiffs accused the comedians of recruiting them to perform indecent sex acts for comedy skits filmed in 2013 and 2014.
According to the original lawsuit, the plaintiffs, the children of one of Haddish’s former friends, were 7 and 14 years old, respectively, at the time of the alleged incidents.
The original complaint against Haddish and Spears accused them of intentionally inflicting emotional distress, gross negligence, negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, sexual harassment, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor.
When the lawsuit was filed a few weeks ago, Haddish’s attorney Andrew Brettler denied the allegations in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News:
Plaintiff’s mother… has been trying to make these false claims against Ms. Haddish 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. utilities, [the mother] let her adult daughter represent herself in this lawsuit. The two together will suffer the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.
(BuzzFeed News has not published the mother’s name to protect the plaintiffs’ privacy.)
The original complaint stated that Haddish took Jane Doe, then 14, to a Hollywood studio to film a “sexually suggestive” video. The minor was asked by the comedians to watch a video featuring a group of women eating a sandwich and “groaning and making sexual noises as they both ate the sandwich in a way that simulated the act of fellatio,” the suit said.
The prosecution alleged that Spears subsequently told Jane Doe that he wanted her to mimic what she had seen on screen, “including the sounds exactly as she had heard throughout the video.” Haddish went on to show Jane Doe how to give fellatio “including movements, sounds, moaning and moaning”.
The prosecution said Haddish paid her $100 and sent her home.
A year later, in 2014, Haddish contacted the mother about filming another video, this time with her 7-year-old son, John Doe. The video was a comedy skit titled “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes.”
The lawsuit alleged that John was stripped “down to his underwear” and that the video shows Spears “lusting after the 7-year-old and harassing him throughout the video”. The plaintiffs also claimed that Haddish was present during the filming of the video.
After the lawsuit was filed, Haddish herself took to Instagram to say she regretted being part of the videos.
“I know people have a lot of questions. I get it. I’m with you. Unfortunately, as there is an ongoing legal case, there is very little I can say at the moment,” Haddish said. “But obviously, while this sketch was meant to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret that I agreed to star in it.”
David Mack contributed reporting.