Comedians Aries Spears and Tiffany Haddish are denying allegations they sexually abused two children during filming for an online comedy sketch.
Lawyers fo the comedians released response statement on Thursday branding the complaints filed Monday in Los Angeles, a brazen money grab.
A disturbing new lawsuit alleges comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears coerced a 7 year old boy and his 14 year old sister to appear in videotaped, sexually explicit comedy skits that left them with “severe emotional damage.”
Plaintiff’s mother has been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years. 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. Haddish’s lawyer Andrew Brettler said in a statement sent to Rolling Stone.
Speaker lawyer Debra Opri said in a statement he is not going to fall for any shakedown.
The lawsuit first reported by The Daily Beast identifies the alleged Jane Doe victim as the now adult bringing the complaint on behalf of herself and her younger brother.
According to the 31 page filing Jane Doe was attending a comedy camp at the Laugh Factory in 2013 when she was recruited by Haddish to appear in a skit that appeared to be a parody of a Subway sandwich commercial.
She claims Haddish bought her lunch, drove her to a set and had her watch a video showing a man and a woman “making sexual noises” as they ate a sandwich “in a manner that simulated the act of fellatio.” Jane Doe claims Haddish and Spears, who apparently met them at the set, then encouraged her to mimic the commercial by pantomiming fellatio.
Aries Spears is shown leering lustily at the 7 year old John Doe through peepholes cut in a newspaper as the boy plays on the floor in his underwear. Spears later rubs oil on the boy’s back and eventually climbs into a bubble bath with the child. The video ends with the boy rubbing oil on Spears bare shoulder and a title card reading “Watch who you leave your kids with”.
Funny Or Die Found This Video
Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content,” the company said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “We were not involved with the conceptualization, development, funding or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user generated content and was removed in 2018 immediately after becoming aware of its existence.”
According to the lawsuit the video is recorded on camera the extreme and outrageous conduct of Haddish and Spears caused the siblings to suffer severe emotional damage. The paperwork states John Doe rarely leaves his home and places BandAids over the cameras.
In his Thursday statement Brettler hinted Haddish is considering legal action of her own saying Jane Doe and her mother will together face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.