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One month after her sexual harassment lawsuit was dismissed, Tiffany Haddish is back on the red carpet for Elle Women in Hollywood Celebration on Monday.
Recently, Haddish and MADtv alum Aries Spears were accused of molestation by an anonymous plaintiff named Jane Doe. She claims she was groomed and sexually exploited by Haddish and MADtv alum Aries Spears while still a minor.
Tiffany Haddish is back at work and speaking out for the first time since she and Aries Spears were accused of child sexual abuse by an anonymous woman last month. On Monday evening, the Girls Trip actress made a red carpet appearance at an Elle Women in Hollywood celebration at Getty Center in Los Angeles.
She looked stunning at the event and posed for photos alongside fellow honorees Anne Hathaway and Sigourney Weaver. Shortly after, Michelle Yeoh shared a video of herself giving an inspiring speech during the celebration.
Haddish is the star of both TBS' The Last O.G. (2018-2010) and Netflix/Adult Swim's animated series Tuca & Bertie (2019-2022).
The 42-year-old actress is a renowned comedian, having starred in multiple TV shows and movies. Most recently, her album Black Mitzvah earned her a Grammy Award for best comedy album.
Her latest project is the highly anticipated sequel to Girls Trip, and she also has a new television show on TBS called The Afterparty.
In August, Jane Doe - now 22 - filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Haddish and Spears, accusing them of sexually exploiting her and her younger brother John through several comedy skits they filmed when they were minors. The suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, harassment as well as breach of fiduciary duty.
According to the suit, Haddish and Spears coerced the siblings into appearing in a skit titled "Through a Pedophilia's Eyes" that was filmed when they were 7 years old. In it, Haddish plays as a mother who unknowingly leaves her son with Spears, who then focuses his attention on him through two holes in a newspaper. The video was later posted onto Funny or Die website but removed in 2018.
Jane Doe's parents claim they were aware of the sketch but weren't informed how it would be shot. Additionally, they didn't realize her children were being groomed either. According to the lawsuit, both siblings suffered lasting trauma from these experiences, developing social disorders as well as anxiety and depression as a result.
On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Jane Doe and her minor brother against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears for allegedly sexually abusing them when they were children. According to the suit, which was filed as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe," Haddish and Spears used these minors as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" respectively in creating sexually suggestive videos.
In 2013, Haddish allegedly asked Jane Doe to mimic fellatio for a video. According to the complaint, she paid him $100 and sent her home. In another incident, John Doe is said to have requested Haddish to appear in an "sexually suggestive" skit wearing nothing but his underwear.
According to the lawsuit, during the filming of "Through a Pedophilius' Eyes", Spears engaged in sexual act with the victim and then proceeded to rub his back, according to allegations. The video was uploaded to Funny or Die in 2014 but later removed later that same year, according to court documents.
After viewing the video, the child called his mother and expressed his dissatisfaction with it. He further claimed to have been stripped down to his underwear in the bathroom by a man, according to the suit.
Both Haddish and Spears deny these allegations, branding the lawsuit a "shakedown" and an attempt to extract money from them. Andrew Brettler, Haddish's attorney, confirmed to Page Six that he has spoken with attorneys for both Haddish and Spears about the case and they both concur that these claims are false and represent "a shakedown."
This week, Haddish's rep Cesidia Carosa confirmed to USA TODAY that she has requested for her lawsuit to be dismissed with prejudice - meaning she can no longer refile it. Additionally, the plaintiff asked that all references about Haddish being a "sexaholic" be removed from her record.
In August 2013, Jane Doe - representing herself - filed a suit against Haddish and Spears for forcing her to appear in several sexually suggestive videos in 2013. One video purports that Haddish paid Jane Doe to mimic fellatio while another shows Spears massaging baby oil into the boy's bare shoulders according to TMZ.
Recently, two anonymous sisters filed a lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears accusing them of grooming and sexual abuse. Shortly after, we learned the suit had been dismissed with prejudice - meaning it cannot be filed again.
Court documents obtained by TMZ show the woman named "Jane Doe" has dismissed her lawsuit. She and her brother appear to be eager to move on with their lives.
Jane Doe and her younger brother John Doe, who were both minors at the time of the incidents, have claimed that Haddish and Spears molested them in Los Angeles several years prior. According to their complaint, they are seeking damages for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, harassment and sexual abuse of a minor."
The lawsuit contends that Haddish and Spears, both Mad TV alumni, recruited the plaintiffs for sexually suggestive skits while they were children. According to the suit, in 2013 Haddish and Spears allegedly encouraged Jane Doe (14 at the time) to imitate fellatio motions for a video.
According to reports, in 2014 Haddish and Spears filmed a sexually suggestive video of John Doe while the boy was still under age. The clip featured Spears as a "pedophile" who lusts after him to R. Kelly's "Bump and Grind," with Haddish portraying his mother who left him with Spears.
After videos of Haddish and Spears went viral online, Jane Doe sought legal counsel to file a civil lawsuit against them. She expressed concern for her brother who is 15 years old and under Jane Doe's legal guardianship.
She expressed concern for his mental health and the potential effects of any allegations made against him. She detailed in the lawsuit that she has noticed his symptoms worsen in recent months.
As you can see in the photos below, the plaintiff has been working diligently with her attorney to secure the original complaint so it does not fall into the wrong hands. She expressed relief that the case has been dropped.
Last month, TMZ reported that a 22-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears. She requested the judge dismiss the suit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.
The lawsuit alleges that Haddish and Spears recruited Jane Doe and her brother John Doe to appear in a video when they were both minors. It further states they encouraged Jane Doe to mimic fellatio, an oral sex act, as well as appear in a skit posted on Funny or Die.
According to the suit, both girls experienced emotional trauma from these incidents. Both are diagnosed with social disorders and John Doe has anxiety and depression.
Haddish and Spears have been sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, harassment and sexual abuse against a minor. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for the trauma they endured as a result of these acts, according to the suit.
According to the lawsuit, Haddish and Spears allegedly courted 14-year-old Jane Doe in 2013 to film a video for Subways that featured several coeds arguing over sandwiches, with them moaning and making sexual noises as they consumed them in what appeared to be fellatio.
One year later, Haddish and Spears brought Jane Doe's brother to the same studio for another video. According to the lawsuit, Spears "lusted over him" in what was intended to be a reel that would help him land an acting role on Nickelodeon.
According to the lawsuit, after filming the video, John Doe called his mother crying. Spears is believed to have told the family he was still editing the footage and would get back to them once he had it completed.
In 2018, the family allegedly attempted to reach a settlement with Spears but failed. In January 2020, their mother filed a police report against Haddish and Spears; however, nothing came of it.
The lawsuit alleges that Haddish and Spears filmed John Doe for "Funny or Die" in 2014, yet the video wasn't removed from the site until May 2021. In the clip, both actors can be seen engaging in sexual acts with John Doe dressed only in his underwear.