Last Tuesday, a 22-year-old woman identified as Jane Doe sued Haddish, 42, and comedian Aries Spears, 47, in Los Angeles County, California Superior Court on her own behalf and a minor identified as John Doe, her younger brother. In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jane claimed Haddish “prepared” the plaintiffs, leaving them “traumatized for life.”
The plaintiff claimed that Haddish was her mother’s “longtime family friend” and that in 2013, when Jane Doe was 14, Haddish took her to the recording of a “sexually suggestive Subway commercial” in which Haddish allegedly said he would help Jane Doe in TV access will be included in the teen movie reel. During the recording, Haddish allegedly instructed Jane Doe on how to perform inappropriate sexual acts after watching a man and a woman in a video.
in Statement on Instagram Haddish wrote Monday morning: “I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it. I’m with you. Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing legal case, there is very little I can say right now.”
“But,” she continued, “clearly, while this sketch was intended to be comical, it wasn’t funny at all — and I am so sorry for agreeing to be cast in it. I really look forward to being able to share more about this situation as quickly as possible.” .
According to the filing, prosecutor John Doe was allegedly molested by Spears in 2014 after Haddish told him he was going to score a Nickelodeon reel at Spears’ home. While there, Haddish allegedly told Jane Doe that she needed John Doe on her own and took him to a room where Spears began “molesting” the 7-year-old in the movie. The plaintiffs’ court documents claim Haddish witnessed the alleged incident and “aided, abetted, and witnessed Spears sexually molest a child.”
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John Doe said in a statement that Spears and Haddish gave him a drink that made him sleepy and a “happy face candy.” Haddish also allegedly paid the brothers $100, he said.
“Both of the plaintiffs were minors and unable to consent to participate in sexual videos distributed and posted on the ‘Funny or Die’ platform,” the lawsuit said, adding, “There was no parent or guardian involved.”
Haddash and Spears are being sued for willful infliction of emotional distress, gross neglect, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and sexual assault of a minor. Hadash has also been prosecuted for negligent supervision/failure to warn, breach of fiduciary duty and construction fraud.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Funny or Die said: “Funny Or Die found this video to be completely disgusting and would never produce such content. We were not involved in the conceptualization, development, financing or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site. As content created by users and it was removed in 2018 immediately upon realizing its existence.”
Haddish’s attorney said in a statement about the lawsuit that the plaintiff’s mother “has been trying to confirm these false allegations against Ms. Haddish for several years. Every attorney who initially took on her case—and there were several—eventually dropped the case at once. It became clear that the allegations were not basis and that Mrs. Haddish will not be shaken.”
The lawyer added: “Now, [the mother] Her adult daughter represents herself in this suit. Together, the two will face the consequences of pursuing this absurd act.”
Spears’ attorney also said in a statement that he “will not fall under any blackmail.”
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