Woman files to dismiss lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears
The suit accused Haddish and Spears of coercing Jane Doe and a brother into recording se’xually explicit skits when they were children.
LOS ANGELES — A woman who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of coercing her and a brother into recording se’xually explicit skits when they were children filed a request Tuesday to dismiss the cla’im.
The first page of the filing, obtained by NBC News, asked the U.S. District Court for Central California to dismiss her lawsuit with prejudice, which means it could not be filed again. No reason was given on the first page for the move to withdraw.
The woman, identified in the original cla’im as Jane Doe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement to TMZ, she said Tuesday that “we are glad that we can all put this behind us.”
“My family and I have known Tiffany Haddish for many years — and we now know that she would never harm me or my brother or help anyone else do anything that could harm us,” the statement said.
Attorneys for Haddish did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Spears also did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Aug. 30 and moved to federal court a week and a half later, alleges Haddish and Spears separately coerced the siblings when they were children to take part in se’xually explicit skits. It claims their participation “stole the youth of a 7-year-old child and a 14-year-old child.”
Jane Doe, 22, filed the suit on behalf of herself and her younger brother, who is still a juvenile.
Six days after the lawsuit was filed, Haddish posted a message on Instagram expressing regret for her role in one of the comedy pieces.
“While this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it,” Haddish said in the Sept. 5 post.
The siblings’ mother had a close relationship with Haddish, the star of “Girls Trip” and several other films, when they were both children, according to the lawsuit.
In 2013, Haddish appeared as a guest speaker at a summer camp Jane Doe attended when she was 14, the suit said. It was then that Haddish said she had the “perfect role” for the teenager, the cla’im all’eged.