The woman who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of sexual harassment and abusing her and her brother as children has filed for the lawsuit to be dropped, according to US District Court documents for the Central District of California obtained by The Washington. Post.
The anonymous plaintiff, Jane Doe, who… lawsuit on Aug. 30 on behalf of her and her brother, John Doe, who is still a minor, requested on Tuesday that the claim be dismissed with prejudice, meaning the case cannot be resubmitted.
In a pronunciation the same day, Jane, 22, told TMZ that her family “has known Tiffany Haddish for many years” and “we know now that she would never harm me or my brother or help anyone else do anything that could harm us. We wish Tiffany the best and are glad we can put all this behind us.” She didn’t mention Spears.
On Wednesday, Haddish told a TMZ photographer at Los Angeles International Airport that she “relievedby the resignation. The actress, who said she doesn’t talk to Spears, said her main concern throughout the process was “the kids, making sure they’re okay.”
When asked what the end of the lawsuit could mean for her career, Haddish told another TMZ photographer that she “lost everything” after the allegations came out, and that she didn’t know what the future held. “All my gigs are gone,” she said. “Everything’s gone…I don’t have a job.”
Representatives of Haddish, Spears and the Does did not respond to requests for comment from The Post
The lawsuit alleged that Haddish and Spears forced Jane to mimic a sexually suggestive video of two people eating a Subway sandwich while the then 14-year-old attended a comedy camp in 2013. The lawsuit alleged that Haddish “coached” the minor in “giving simulated fellatio” while Spears watched, and that the experience made Jane “physically, emotionally and mentally uncomfortable.”
The lawsuit also alleged that Haddish and Spears forced John, then 7, to film an explicit sketch titled “Through A Pedophile’s Eyes,” in which, according to court documents, he said he was molested by Spears, who “coveted over him” in the video. Stills from the video, which were part of the lawsuit, show close-ups of the child’s body and Spears suggestively touching John. The video then appeared on the Funny or Die website.
In a statement shared with The Post after the lawsuit was filed, Funny or Die wrote that the company “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 immediately removed in 2018 after becoming aware of its existence.
The lawsuit alleged that the siblings had been told that appearing in these skits would help them land roles on television. Spears, a stand-up comedian, is the best known for its run from 1997 to 2005 the Fox sketch comedy show “MADtv.” Haddish, who has appeared regularly on “The Carmichael Show” and appeared in films such as “Keanu”, rose to fame for her breakthrough role in the 2017 film “Girls Trip” Court documents claimed that when the prosecution saw Haddish participate in a similar , simulated oral sex scene in “Girls Trip,” it “unlocked a repressed memory” and led her to “realize the gravity of what had happened to her.”
A few days later the court of August, Haddish expressed repentance in a post on Instagram. “Obviously this skit was meant to be comedic, but wasn’t funny at all, and I deeply regret that I agreed to star in it,” she wrote. After the news of Tuesday’s resignation, Spears celebrated on Instagram in a post that also promoted one of his podcast episodes.
Razzan Nakhlawi contributed to this report.