The following article contains allegations of abuse.
Tiffany Haddish is finally speaking out after a deeply shocking lawsuit against her and Aries Spears. On Aug. 30, the two were named in court documents by two anonymous siblings, who claimed they were groomed by the duo to allegedly film comedy videos, according to TMZ. The woman claimed she was 14 at the time and accused Haddish of forcing her to do grossly inappropriate things that left her with lingering trauma, while her brother claimed a similar thing happened to him when he was half her age was like her.
The siblings were speaking to the Daily Beast about their alleged ordeal alongside their mother – who was reportedly a friend of Haddish’s – when the lawsuit made headlines. The family claimed Haddish urged them to act in the videos with a promise to further their acting career, with the siblings detailing how uncomfortable they were about what they were asking of them. An edited version of one of the videos starring Haddish and Spears, which was once uploaded to comedy website Funny or Die, is making the rounds on social media and is titled “The Mind of a Pedophile.”
Haddish has kept quiet following the headline-grabbing allegations, but now the ‘Girls Trip’ actress is breaking her silence on social media.
Tiffany Haddish’s inappropriate video regret
Tiffany Haddish took to Instagram on Aug. 5 to address the controversy, writing, “I know people have a lot of questions. I understand. I’m right there with you. Unfortunately, as there is an ongoing legal battle there is very little that I can say at this point.” Haddish then seemingly acknowledged the resurfaced Funny or Die video, writing, “But while that sketch was meant to be comedy, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret that I agreed to star in it,” before adding, “I’m really looking forward to sharing much more about this situation as soon as possible.” Haddish has disabled comments on the post.
While her upload marked the first time Haddish appears to have spoken publicly, her attorney, Andrew Brettler, previously dismissed the claims. Brettler claimed to TMZ that the allegations had been made a number of times before, explaining: “Every attorney who initially took her case… eventually dropped the matter when it became clear that the allegations were unfounded and Ms Haddish was not He would be shaken.” He then added of the plaintiff and her mother: “They will face the consequences together if they pursue this frivolous act.”
Funny Or Die has been critical of the video in question, saying in a statement, “It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and immediately removed in 2018 after learning of its existence,” noting, “Funny Or Die absolutely found this video.” disgusting.”
If you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).