Tiffany Haddish assault trial, Aries Spears dropped by accuser – National

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A woman who filed a complaint accuse the actors Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of grooming her and her brother when they were children and abusing them on camera for sexually explicit skits filed a request to dismiss the complaint.

Plaintiff requested that the U.S. District Court in Central California dismiss his lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. No reason was given for the withdrawal of the lawsuit.

In a statement, the woman, who was identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, said “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 would never hurt me, my brother, or help anyone else do anything. could harm us,” the statement said.

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Haddish, Spears and attorneys for either comedian have not publicly commented on the situation since the lawsuit was filed.

The lawsuit was originally filed Aug. 30 in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Jane, 22, on behalf of herself and her brother, 14, identified as John Doe. The lawsuit claimed that Haddish and Spears sexually abused the two siblings on camera for comedy sketches, leaving them “traumatized for life.”

At the time of the alleged incidents, Jane was 14 and John was seven.

Just under a week after the complaint was filed, Haddish responded to the claims in a post on his Instagram, regret being involved.

“While the skit was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all – and I deeply regret agreeing to perform in it,” Haddish wrote.

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According to the lawsuit, Haddish and Spears met the two siblings because their mother was friends with Haddish through the comedy circuit.

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In 2013, Haddish reportedly asked Jane to star in a skit with her after the comedian appeared as a guest speaker at the comedy summer camp Jane was attending. Haddish told Jane she had the “perfect role” for her, the lawsuit reads.

The following year, Haddish reportedly offered a role to Jane’s younger brother, telling the siblings’ mother it would be “a sizzle reel for Nickelodeon,” to help the boy get cast on the television network, reports the suit.

The plaintiff’s mother asked Jane to chaperone the shoot, but the siblings were told they had to be “separated” for the shoot, according to the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit originally claimed that Jane and John had developed social unrest as a result of the alleged abuse.

Lawyers for Haddish and Spears both individually dismissed the lawsuit at the time, calling it a shakedown. Andrew Brettler, Haddish’s attorney, claimed the complainant’s mother “has been trying to enforce these false claims against Ms Haddish for a number of years.”

The attorney called the allegations “baseless” and said Haddish had previously shown she “wouldn’t be shaken”.

In a separate statement, Spears’ attorney Debra Opri said the comedian “wasn’t going to fall for that.”

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