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Aries Spears Breaks Silence On Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Regarding ‘The Mind Of A Pedophile’ Sketch

“This is an extortion case. This is a shakedown. We won’t be shaken down.” 

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Actor/comedian Aries Spears co-hosts the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Comedians Aries Spears and Tiffany Haddish are speaking out after a bombshell lawsuit accusing the pair of child sex abuse was filed last week.

The suit claims Haddish and Spears abused two siblings, a female when she was 14 years old and the girl’s brother when he was seven. On both occasions, the children, dubbed Jane Doe and John Doe, were allegedly told they were acting.

“Listen, obviously for legal reasons, I really can’t, uh, talk about anything at this time,” Spears said in a clip of the “Spears & Steinberg” podcast. “But I just more or less want to say to all the loyal listeners, thank you guys for your support and for your love.” 

“This is an extortion case,” the comic asserted. “This is a shakedown. We won’t be shaken down.” 

Haddish over the weekend addressed the claims personally, too. “I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it. I’m right there with you,” the “Girls Trip” actress shared on Instagram, The Daily Wire reported.

“Unfortunately because there is an ongoing legal case, there’s very little that I can say right now,” she said. “But, clearly, while this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all — and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it. I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as I can.”

It’s alleged in the suit that Jane, now 22, was encouraged by Spears and Haddish in 2013 to mimic the motions of oral sex for a comedy skit, the Daily Beast first reported.

The teen was allegedly made to watch a skit of coeds “moaning and making sexual noises” as they both ate a sub sandwich “in a manner that simulated the act of fellatio.”

Spears then allegedly told the girl “to mimic what she had seen on the screen, including the noises precisely like what she heard throughout the video.”

“Haddish verbally explained what was expected of Plaintiff Jane Doe and then showed Plaintiff Jane Doe how to give fellatio, including movements, noises, moaning, and groaning,” the lawsuit continues.

“I tried to mimic what they wanted me to mimic, but it still came out just super uncomfortable,” Jane recalled to the Daily Beast. “I knew when I left the booth that I didn’t complete what they wanted me to do.”

The girl was allegedly paid $100 by Haddish and sent home.

Jane’s brother was allegedly touched inappropriately by Spears a year later, when he was seven.

The boy’s family was told the child was filming content to show Nickelodeon, but he ended up in a comedy skit that briefly ended up on “Funny or Die,” titled “The Mind of A Pedophile.”

The Daily Beast watched the content in question and said the skit includes Haddish playing the child’s guardian; she leaves him with Spears, who is playing a pedophile.

The boy is in his underwear during the sketch, as Spears looks at him through cut out holes in a newspaper, the report describes. The camera then zooms in suggestively on the child’s buttocks and crotch while he’s at play.

Next, Spears sprays baby oil onto the child’s back and massages the boy’s shoulders. Further in the sketch, the child plays with a train in a sexually suggestive manner and Spears smokes a cigarette while watching the child nude in a bathtub.

The skit ends with the text, “WATCH WHO YOU LEAVE YOUR KIDS WITH!”

“Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content,” a statement from Funny or Die said. “We were not involved with the conceptualization, development, funding, or production of this video. It was uploaded to the site as user-generated content and was removed in 2018 immediately after becoming aware of its existence.”

Related: Tiffany Haddish, Aries Spears Accused Of Child Sex Abuse In Lawsuit. Both Deny Claims

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