A woman and her younger brother who filed a lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears earlier this month, accusing the comedy duo of forcing them to make sexually explicit sketch videos when they were underage, filed a civil suit on Tuesday. dropped the action and said the family “put it behind us.”
“Jane Doe,” who was representing herself in the federal civil case, filed a notice of dismissal Tuesday with prejudice — meaning the lawsuit can’t be refiled. The filing includes a statement from the plaintiff, TMZ reported, which reads:
“My family and I have known Tiffany Haddish for many years – and we know now that she would never harm me or my brother or help anyone else who could harm us. We wish Tiffany the best. Yes and glad we can all put that behind us.
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In the lawsuit, filed Aug. 30 in California federal court, Haddish and Spears are accused of arranging for the children, who were 14 and 7 at the time of the 2013 incident to be paid by their mother — a friend — to appear in a promotional video. was charged of Haddish from the comedy circuit.
But the videos (which were seen and verified by The Daily Beast) turned out to be sexually themed. In one, the girl was asked to perform a suggestive act with a sandwich; In the second, filmed months later, the boy was portrayed as obsessed with a pedophile, with Haddish playing the boy’s mother and Spears playing the “pedophile”.
Haddish later said she regretted being a part of the latter sketch.
After the lawsuit was filed, a lawyer for Haddish told TheWrap that the children’s mother had been trying to extort money from the comedian for years, calling the claims “bogus” and “outrageous.” Newly listed attorneys for the comedians did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
Spears later also stated that the trial was an attempted extortion and a sham.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this story.