LOS ANGELES — A woman who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aerys Spears of forcing her and a brother to record sexually explicit skits when they were children, filed a request Tuesday to dismiss the claim. did.
The front page of the filing, obtained by NBC News, asked the US District Court for Central California to dismiss her suit as prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again. No reason was given on the front page for withdrawing the move.
The woman, identified in the original claim as Jane Doe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. in a statement to TMZShe said Tuesday that “we’re glad we can all put this behind us.”
“My family and I have known Tiffany Haddish for many years – and now we know she will never harm me or my brother or help anyone else who may harm us,” the statement read. ”
Haddish’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spears’ representatives also did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on August 30 and went to federal court a week and a half later, alleges that Haddish and Spears separately coerced siblings to participate in sexually explicit plays. Compelled to. It claims that their involvement “stole the youth of a 7-year-old and a 14-year-old.”
22-year-old Jane Doe filed the lawsuit on behalf of herself and her younger brother, who is still a teenager.
Haddish said in a September 5 post, “While this sketch was intended to be comical, it wasn’t funny at all – and I’m very sorry to star in it.”
According to the lawsuit, Haddish, the star of “Girls Trip” and several other films, had a close relationship with the siblings’ mother when they were both children.
In 2013, Haddish appeared as a guest speaker at a summer camp Jane Doe attended when she was 14, the suit said. This was when Haddish said she had the “right role” for the teenager, the claim alleged.
The lawsuit alleges that the skit included Haddish’s teaching of Jane Doe imitating the fellatio on a sub sandwich.
The trial also alleges that a year later, her brother appeared in a play entitled “Through the Eyes of a Pedophile,” which left a boy with a boy, played by “Mad TV” veteran Spears. Tha, who “lustfully licks the baby” and goes with him to the bathtub.
According to the filing, the 7-year-old boy was stripped “under the underwear” in most of the scenes.
Later, he called his mother to say he didn’t want to participate anymore, the suit said.
The suit alleges that his mother repeatedly asked Spears and Haddish “what was filmed that made her son cry.” Haddish said she would talk to her mother about making the unedited video available, but later said it was unhelpful and had been removed, the lawsuit alleged.
The filing said that nearly four years later, in June 2018, Mom became aware of the contents of the piece when it was published on the Funny or Die website.
She announced that she would never allow her son to participate in “a pedophile child pornography skit,” the lawsuit states.
Funny or Die, an independent comedy studio, said the video was uploaded as user-generated content and was promptly removed when the studio learned about it. A spokesperson said in a statement this month that the platform found the video “absolutely disgusting.”
The suit sought unspecified damages from Haddish, 42, and Spears, 47, who worked together in the 2019 film “The Kitchen.”
The lawsuit alleges that as a result of the siblings’ participation in comedy pieces, he developed social disorders.
Lawyers for celebrities have portrayed the trial as a setback in previous statements.
Andrew Brettler, an attorney for Haddish, said Jane Doe’s mother had been “for many years trying to push these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish.” He added that Haddish “will not be shaken.” Similarly, Debra Opry, an attorney for Spears, said she was “not going to get into any trouble.”
Jane Doe sent a letter This month asked the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon to “arrest and prosecute” Haddish and Spears.