The anonymous plaintiff who accused the comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears groom and assault her and his younger brother as children in sex comedy sketches dropped his lawsuit.
By a notice of dismissal Shared with BuzzFeed News by Haddish’s attorneys, the plaintiff on Tuesday asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Central California to dismiss her lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.
The plaintiff, named in the lawsuit only as Jane Doe, released a statement to TMZ and Deadline stating that she and her family “have known Tiffany Haddish for many years, and we know now that she would never hurt me or my brother, or help anyone else do anything that might hurt us.
“We wish Tiffany the best and are happy to be able to put this all behind us,” said the plaintiff, who did not mention comedian Spears in her statement.
In the original trial filed at the end of August, the two anonymous plaintiffs accused comedians for recruiting them to perform indecent acts of a sexual nature for comedy sketches that were filmed in 2013 and 2014.
The plaintiffs, the children of one of Haddish’s former friends, were 7 and 14 years old respectively at the time of the alleged incidents, according to the original lawsuit.
The original complaint against Haddish and Spears accused them of intentionally inflicting emotional distress, gross negligence, negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, sexual assault, sexual harassment and child sexual abuse.
When the lawsuit was filed a few weeks ago, Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, denied the allegations in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News:
The plaintiff’s mother … has been trying to assert these false allegations against Ms. Haddish for several years. Every lawyer who initially took on her case – and there were several – eventually dropped the case once it became clear the claims were without merit and Ms Haddish would not be moved. Now, [the mother] to his adult daughter who is representing herself in this lawsuit. The two will face the consequences of continuing this frivolous action together.
(BuzzFeed News did not release the mother’s name to protect complainants’ privacy.)
The original complaint said Haddish took Jane Doe, then 14, to a Hollywood studio to film a “sexually suggestive” video. The comedians asked the minor to watch a video showing a group of women eating a sandwich and “moaning and making sexual noises as they both ate the sandwich in a way that simulated the act of fellatio”, a indicated the suit.
The plaintiff alleged that Spears then told Jane Doe that he wanted her to imitate what she saw on screen, “including noises exactly like what she heard throughout the video. “. Haddish then allegedly showed Jane Doe how to perform oral sex “including movements, noises, moans and groans”.
The complainant said Haddish paid her $100 and sent her home.
A year later, in 2014, Haddish reached out to the mother to film another video, this time with her 7-year-old son, John Doe. The video was a comedy skit titled “Through the Eyes of a Pedophile”.
The lawsuit alleged that John was stripped “down to his underwear” and that the video shows Spears “desiring the 7-year-old and assaulting him throughout the video.” The plaintiffs also alleged that Haddish was present during the filming of the video.
After the complaint was filed, Haddish herself answered on Instagram, stating that she regretted being part of the videos.
“I know people have a lot of questions. I understand. I’m here with you. Unfortunately, because there’s an ongoing court case, there’s very little I can say at this time,” Haddish said. “But, clearly, while this skit was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all – and I deeply regret agreeing to perform in it.”
David Mack contributed reporting.