Prosecutors drop lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Ram Spears

Tiffany Haddish (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images), Ram Spears (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Tiffany Haddish (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images), Ram Spears (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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A surprising story has come to a surprisingly fast end: the anonymous siblings who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of “deliberately inflicting emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor” in a lawsuit earlier this month about a comedy skit featuring Spears and Haddish that the siblings filmed when they were children, have dropped their complaint and filed for prejudgmental dismissal – meaning the case has been fully resolved and cannot be resubmitted.

In addition, one of the siblings (identified only as Jane Doe) released the following statement (through Deadline): “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 do anything that could harm us. We wish Tiffany the best and are happy that we can put all this behind us.”

Although Spears is not mentioned in that statement, his status as a co-defendant in this lawsuit means that all claims against him have also been dropped. Spears posted on his Instagram that the suit was droppedbut Haddish hasn’t made a single public statement since then distance themselves from the sketch in question shortly after the allegations came out. The skit, filmed in 2014, was called “Through A Pedophile’s Eyes” and involved Spears playing a pedophile character opposite Jane Doe’s brother – who was then 7 years old and reportedly called his mother crying after filming was done. (We ran through specific descriptions of what was in the sketch in a previous report, if you really want to know.)

Since Spears’ post is the only statement we need to get rid of, it’s unclear whether there was a settlement or what else could have caused this turn of events. Deadline says there was “whisper of some sort of agreement” last week, but that’s all.

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse, please contact the RAINN National Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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