Serious allegations. Tiffany HaddishA lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, Aug 31 accusing him of child sexual abuse.
“I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it, I’m right there with you. Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing legal case, there’s very little that I can say right now,” the standup comedian wrote via Instagram on September 5.
The suit claims that Haddish is a comedian and that Haddish is the plaintiff. Aries Spears encouraged two plaintiffs — siblings identified only as Jane and John Doe — to perform sexually suggestive acts on camera while underage.
According to The Daily Beast, the complaint claims that Haddish, a friend of the plaintiffs’ mother, recruited Jane, then 14, for a commercial in which she was instructed to simulate fellatio on a sandwich. According to the lawsuit, Haddish taught the minor how to perform oral sex acts.
Jane, now 22-years-old, shared her story The Daily Beast earlier this month, “At that point, I knew a hundred percent what they wanted out of me. I tried to mimic what they wanted me to mimic, but it still came out just super uncomfortable.”
The lawsuit states that the Girls Trip actress and Spears also recruited Jane’s then-7-year-old brother, identified as John, to film a video one year later. The short, titled “The Mind of a Pedophile,” was posted on Funny or Die.
Haddish spoke out via Instagram about her involvement in the creation and execution of the sketch on September 5.
“While this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it. I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as I can,” the Last Black Unicorn author, who played the young boy’s guardian in the video, wrote.
The California native’s attorney, Andrew BrettlerIn a statement, he denied the allegations against his client. The Los Angeles Times.
“Plaintiff’s mother, Trizah MorrisThese bogus claims against Ms. Haddish have been pursuing for many years by a number of attorneys. Every attorney who has initially taken on her case — and there were several — ultimately dropped the matter once it became clear that the claims were meritless and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken down,” he said. “Now, Ms. Morris has her adult daughter representing herself in this lawsuit. The two of them will together face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”
An attorney for Spears Debra Opri, told the outlet that her client “isn’t going to fall for any shakedown.”
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