A 22-year-old woman identified as Jane Doe and her 14-year-old brother (John Doe) have filed a lawsuit against actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and fellow comedian Aries Spears, 47, alleging they coerced them when they were children to take part in sexually explicit skits in separate incidents, which they say “stole the youth of a 7-year-old child and a 14-year-old child.” According to the lawsuit, the siblings knew The Girls Trip actress and Spears as children because their mother shared a close relationship with Haddish and that in 2013 Haddish appeared as a guest speaker at a summer camp Jane, then 14. During the visit, Haddish allegedly told Jane that she had the “perfect role,” only describing it as a role as a “sizzle reel for Nickelodeon.”
Attorneys for Haddish and Spears have dismissed the lawsuit as a shakedown. When contacted for a comment, Debra Opri, an attorney for Spears, told The Los Angeles Times:
“He isn’t going to fall for any shakedown.”
The new lawsuit states that siblings’ mother negotiated a settlement in 2019 with Spears. According to the Daily Beast, she also filed a police report against Haddish and Spears in January 2020, but nothing came of it.
Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, stated:
“[The] plaintiff’s mother, […], has been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years. 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 Allegations Have Caused a Huge Reaction Online
According to the complaint, in one incident, a video had begun playing in the recording studio showing an older man and college-age woman arguing over a sub sandwich, before eventually starting to eat the sandwich “simultaneously from either end.” The two appeared to moan and make “sexual noises as they both ate the sandwich in a manner that simulated the act of fellatio.”
Haddish allegedly made another offer to the family in 2014, telling the siblings’ mother she had a role for the younger brother. That lawsuit states that in another video, John was stripped down to his underwear for another filmed skit called “Through A Pedophile’s Eyes.” One part of the skit shows Spears sitting next to the boy in a tub and making a reference to Jerry Sandusky, the former coach from Penn State who was accused of sexually abusing children. As the video closes, the words “WATCH WHO YOU LEAVE YOUR KIDS WITH!” appeared on the screen.
Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that after filming, Mr. Doe called his mother crying, saying he did not want to film anymore and when she repeatedly asked the actors about “what was filmed that made her son cry,” Spears allegedly told her the footage was still not edited, and he would get back to her later about providing the unedited footage. He later told the mother that the footage has been deleted because John had been so uncooperative. The skit appeared on the Funny or Die website in 2018.
In a 2018 tweet, one viewer reacted to the alleged video:
“Omg what parent agreed to allow their little boy to do this skit and who was behind the camera shooting a little boy lusting Aries Spears then rubbing on him?”
The video has since been scrubbed from the site, but a website for archived content has revealed a copy of the alleged clip, prompting outrage from many.