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Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears are denying child sexual abuse claims made in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, brought forth by an anonymous woman claiming that she and her brother were coerced into filming sexually inappropriate skits with the pair while they were minors.
The plaintiff, known as Jane Doe, 22, and her brother, “John,” 14, were allegedly once close with Haddish, as their mother was friends with her through the comedy scene. However, Jane claims that the woman they once called “Auntie Tiff” severely traumatized her and John by having them mimic sexual acts on camera and uploading the disturbing footage to the internet.
The claims of abuse began when Jane was 14 and John was only 7, after years of Haddish being considered to be a good family friend.
“We were both going through a divorce,” the anonymous mother of the two alleged victims told the Daily Beast. “Messy, messy, messy, messy divorces… We just got really, really super, super close.”
According to the lawsuit, Haddish called on “every birthday and every Christmas.” The woman also noted that Haddish regularly checked in with the family, no matter if she was on a movie set or traveling overseas.
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