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The 22-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe, who accused Tiffany Haddish and comedian Aries Spears of child sex abuse last month, has dropped her lawsuit against both stars, according to multiple reports. On September 20, Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Jane Doe’s plaintiff asked a judge to dismiss the case with prejudice, preventing it from being refiled.
In a statement from TMZ, which was the first to break the news, the plaintiff said: “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, anything.” to do so could harm us. We wish Tiffany all the best and are glad we can put this all behind us.”
On August 30, Jane Doe sued Haddish and Spears on her own behalf and on behalf of her younger brother, whose legal guardian she identified as John Doe. In court documents related to a civil lawsuit filed in California’s Superior Court for Los Angeles County, POPSUGAR noted that Jane Doe alleged that Haddish “groomed” the two plaintiffs and that both comedians assaulted them, which left them “lifelong traumatized.”
Court documents in the case state that “Haddish took 14-year-old plaintiff Jane Doe to a Hollywood studio to film a sexually suggestive Subways commercial,” in which the comedian allegedly instructed her to put a sandwich on a way of eating that involved a simulated sexual act. For a separate video, the court documents also claimed that John Doe was “groomed and molested” by Haddish and Spears and filmed for a skit titled “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes,” which aired in 2014 on uploaded to the Funny or Die online platform. t removed by May 2021.
On September 5, Haddish issued a statement via Instagram addressing the allegations. “I know people have a lot of questions. I understand. I’ll be right with you,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing legal battle, I can say very little at the moment. But while this sketch was meant to be comedy, it wasn’t funny at all – and I deeply regret that I agreed to star in it. I really look forward to sharing much more about this situation as soon as possible.”
Individual Haddish and Spears representatives did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment on the dismissal of their lawsuit, but the former’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, previously told CNN in a statement that Jane Doe’s mother “attempted to substantiate these false allegations against Ms . Haddish for several years.”
“Every lawyer who initially took her case – and there were several – eventually dropped the matter when it became clear that the allegations were unfounded and Ms Haddish would not be put down,” the statement continued, adding that Jane Doe’s mother had “represented her adult daughter in this lawsuit. The two of them will face the consequences of this reckless act together.” In a statement to NPR, Spears’ attorney Debra Opri previously said her client “wouldn’t fall for any shakedown.”
Haddish or Spears have yet to publicly comment on the dismissal of their case.