A woman and her younger brother have accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears in a new lawsuit of taking care of them when they were children and forcing them to film sexually explicit skits.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday by siblings identified only as Jane Doe, now 22, and John Doe, who was born in 2007. Jane, John’s legal guardian, is the plaintiff in the lawsuit. , both individually and on behalf of her young brother.
The lawsuit alleges that Haddish and Spears forced the siblings to engage in sexually explicit skits in separate incidents, which they say “stole the childhood of a 7-year-old child and a 14-year-old child.”
The lawsuit was first reported by The everyday beast.
However, lawyers for Haddish and Spears have dismissed the lawsuit as a shakedown.
Debra Opri, a Spears attorney, said the comedian “will not fall for a shakedown.”
In a separate statement, Andrew Brettler, a lawyer for Haddish, said the plaintiff’s mother had “been trying to assert these false claims against Ms. Haddish for years”.
Brettler called the allegations “undeserved” and said Haddish had previously shown she “wouldn’t be shaken.”
“Now (the plaintiff’s mother) is letting her adult daughter represent herself in this lawsuit. The two will suffer the consequences together of pursuing this frivolous action,” the lawyer said.
Jane said she and her brother “are not surprised that Mr. Brettler would try to divert attention from the legitimate claims made by my brother and me, to shift the blame and attention onto our mother, who is no party to it.” is in this lawsuit.”
The siblings knew Haddish and Spears as children because their mother had a close relationship with Haddish, the lawsuit said.
In 2013, Haddish appeared as a guest speaker at a summer camp attended by Jane, then 14, the lawsuit said. During the visit, Haddish is said to have told Jane that she had the “perfect role” for her.
Neither Jane nor her mother knew what the shoot would entail, the lawsuit claimed, adding, “Only Spears and Haddish knew the storyline for the skit.”
The skit ended with Haddish teaching Jane how to mimic fellatio, but the lawsuit sued.
In the incident, the lawsuit said a video had started playing in the recording studio of an elderly man and middle-aged woman arguing over a sub-sandwich, before finally starting the sandwich “on both sides at the same time.” to eat. The two appeared to be moaning and “making sexual noises as they both ate the sandwich in a way that simulated the act of fellatio,” the lawsuit said.
“Physically, emotionally and mentally uncomfortable, Prosecutor Jane Doe mimicked the actions Haddish and Spears wanted her to do so she could go home,” it read.
The lawsuit alleged that the following year, Haddish told the siblings’ mother that she had a role for younger brother, John, then 7, in a skit. “She just said it was a sizzle reel for Nickelodeon,” the suit read.
The plaintiffs’ mother dropped John and Jane together so Jane could chaperone, but the siblings were told to be “separate” for the Nickelodeon skit, the lawsuit claimed.
It said John was later stripped “down to his underwear” for a skit titled “Through A Pedophiles Eyes” about a child left with a man, played by Spears, who “lustily lurks at the child” in multiple scenes before killing John. massages with oil and later, stepping into a bathtub with him and forcing the child ‘closer to him in the bathtub’. In the final scene, the child is “depicted as lustfully lurking” at Spears, who is wearing only shorts, before starting to smear oil on his body, the lawsuit said.
The video ends with the words “WATCH WHO YOU LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN WITH!” appear on screen, the lawsuit claimed.
“After filming, Mr. Doe called his mother crying and said he didn’t want to film anymore,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiff’s mother repeatedly asked both Spears and Haddish “what was filmed that made her son cry,” but Spears told her at one point that the footage still hadn’t been edited, saying that he would contact her about providing the raw footage. Haddish said she didn’t have a copy of the footage, the lawsuit claimed, but said it was a funny skit.
Days later, Spears told the mother that John was so uncooperative that the footage was unusable and was “deleted,” the lawsuit alleged.
It wasn’t until about four years later, in June 2018, that the mother learned that the skit featuring her son had been published online, including on the “Funny or Die” website.
“The mother, upset, stated that she would never have allowed her son to participate in a pedophile child porn film,” the lawsuit alleged.
“Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content,” a platform spokesperson said in a statement.
“We were not involved in the conceptualization, development, funding or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was immediately removed in 2018 after we became aware of its existence,” they said. .
The lawsuit alleged that both Jane and John have developed social disorders, with Jane not being able to “trust” anyone since the incident and John suffering from depression and anxiety. They are suing Haddish and Spears for damages.