Tiffany Haddish says “deeply” she regrets participating in a sketch years ago that resulted in accusations of child sex abuse against her and fellow comic actor Aries Spears.
A lawsuit was submitted last week in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Haddish and Spears of having “groomed and molested” two younger siblings.
In a statement published on her verified Instagram account on Monday, Haddish wrote, “I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it.”
She continued saying, “I’m right there with you. Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing legal case, there’s very little that I can say right now.”
‘Jane Doe’ and ‘John Doe’ (whose names have been changed to protect their privacy) claim that Haddish and Spears forced them to take part in sexually explicit videos in separate incidents in 2013 and 2014 when they were 14 and 7, respectively. According to the complaint, a copy of which CNN has obtained.
According to Debra Opri, an attorney for Spears, “He isn’t going to fall for any shakedown.” The plaintiff’s mother “has been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years.” Haddish’s attorney told CNN.
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,” the statement read, adding that the mother “has her adult daughter representing herself in this lawsuit. The two of them will together face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”
The statement continued that each attorney that took their case ultimately dropped the matter once it became evident that the charges were without foundation and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken.
Further, the statement reads that the mother “has her adult daughter representing herself in this lawsuit. The two of them will together face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”
According to John Doe, Haddish offered to hire, arrange, and film Mr. Doe’s content for a Nickelodeon sizzle reel at Spears’ house” in the summer of 2014. Haddish asserted that Mr. Doe would be cast on Nickelodeon using the reel.
The suit claims Haddish and Spears, upon information and belief, pulled the 7-year-old victim from his sister, put him upstairs in a bedroom, and stripped the child down to his underwear.The 7-year-old boy is shown being lusted by Spears in the video, “Through A Pedophiles Eyes,” as well as having his back rubbed.
In the social media-distributed video, Haddish portrayed the boy’s mother.
Although this act was meant to be comedic, Haddish said on Monday, “it wasn’t funny at all – and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it.
Haddish concluded her statement by saying, “I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as I can.”
Source: CTV News
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