[Note: This article contains descriptions of sexually suggestive material involving a minor.]
Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Ares Spears are the subject of a new lawsuit this week, daily monster Reports. The comedians have been accused by “Jane Doe” and “John Doe,” two brothers, now 22 and 14, respectively, of being asked to perform sexually suggestive acts for a pair of comedy sketches filmed 8 and 7 years ago, including One titled “Through the Eyes of Pedophiles.” The lawsuit has been filed pro se (i.e. without legal counsel) on Monday, accusing Haddash and Spears of “willful emotional abuse, gross neglect, sexual battery, sexual harassment and sexual assault of a minor.” Haddish is also charged with “negligent supervision/failure to warn, breach of fiduciary duty, and construction fraud.”
In the lawsuit, Jane Doe – who is now her younger brother’s legal guardian – describes both schemes, whose siblings were reportedly recruited due to the friendship between their mother and Hadith. In an incident of her own, Jin describes Do (both in the suit and in an interview with daily monster), were brought to a recording booth and shown a video of two college students suggestively eating a subway sandwich, and then asked to imitate the sounds and movements. here it is DB Report describing the lawsuit:
Hadash orally explained what was expected of plaintiff Jane Doe and then explained to plaintiff Jane Doe how to give a tongue, including movements, noises, whining, and whining. The lawsuit describes an allegation that Spears was looking at while Jane was “physically, emotionally, and mentally uncomfortable” receiving these instructions.
Jane says it was in the end I explained to her that she was not providing the required performance; She got $100 and refused, at the time, to describe the incident to her mother.
A year later, Haddish allegedly approached the family again, claiming he wanted to film John’s “Nickelodeon sizzling reel.” Instead, he ended up filming “Through the Eyes of a Pedophile” with Haddish and Spears, Video – Originally Posted in Funny Or Die User Submitted Section, Since then Delete from there, and Spears’ YouTube account – where the former TV frenzy The actor plays a pedophile in the 7-year-old boy, who is said to spend most of the video in his underwear. Although Jane says she was at Spears’ house on the day of filming, she said Haddish ordered her to stay downstairs while filming the sketch upstairs.
Here’s a description of the video from Daily Beast, which reviewed a recording of the video as part of its reporting:
During the sketch, the camera zooms in suggestively on the 7-year-old’s buttocks and crotch while he plays. Spears sprays baby oil onto the child’s back and massages it into his shoulders in one scene, and at another point the child plays with a train in a manner that suggests phallic masturbation. In another sequence, Spears smokes a cigarette while observing the child nude in a bathtub and pours water on his feet.
The lawsuit states that, after filming was done, “Mr. Doe called his mother crying, saying he did not want to film anymore.” Jane and John’s mother says she asked Spears to show her the footage that had been shot, but “Spears allegedly kept repeating that it had not yet been edited. Eventually, the lawsuit states that Spears claimed John had been so uncooperative that his footage had been deemed unusable and subsequently deleted.” (It’s not clear, from what we have access to, whether John’s footage was used in the eventually posted/now-deleted video, or whether another young actor ended up filming the scenes.) Meanwhile, Haddish allegedly told the mother “something to the effect of, ‘I don’t think acting is for him.’”
Both Jane and John have reportedly been in therapy since the incidents; the legal complaint includes a statement from John that the “Pedophile” sketch “fucked me up bad,” stating he now has a difficulty trusting adults, and a fear of being recorded.
The pair’s mother negotiated a settlement with Spears in 2019 over the video, but that agreement didn’t directly cover either Haddish—who reportedly declined to participate—or the siblings themselves, who are now pursuing their own legal approach. The lawsuit seeks “general and special damages, as well as ‘any appropriate statutory damages.’”
Spears reportedly hasn’t responded to requests for comments, but a lawyer for Haddish issued a statement this evening, asserting that “the plaintiff’s mother ‘has been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years… Now, [the mother] Her adult daughter represents herself in this suit. Together, the two will face the consequences of continuing this absurd act.”
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