The former plaintiff, a young woman known only as Jane Doe, filed a notice of dismissal with prejudice on Tuesday.
“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,” Jane Doe in a statement. “We wish Tiffany the best and are glad that we can all put this behind us.”
The suit claimed Haddish and Spears abused two siblings; a female when she was 14 years old (Jane Doe) and the girl’s brother when he was seven (John Doe). On both occasions, the children were allegedly told they were acting, once in a sketch called “The Mind of a Pedophile.”
It was alleged that Jane Doe, now 22, was encouraged by Spears and Haddish in 2013 to mimic the motions of oral sex for a comedy skit.
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.”
John Doe was allegedly touched inappropriately by Spears a year later, when he was seven years old, according to the now-dismissed suit.
Both Haddish, through legal representation, and Spears have denied the allegations since the suit was filed, likening the legal move to a monetary shakedown.
“Plaintiff’s mother, Trizah Morris, has been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years,” Haddish’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, dismissed the accusations in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Every attorney who has initially taken on her case — and there were several — ultimately dropped the matter once it became clear that the claims were meritless and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken down.”
Haddish took to Instagram herself to address the claims. “I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it. I’m right there with you,” she wrote.
“Unfortunately because there is an ongoing legal case, there’s very little that I can say right now,” the “Girls Trip” actress continued. “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.”
“This is an extortion case,” Spears reacted to the suit on the “Spears & Steinberg” podcast. “This is a shakedown. We won’t be shaken down.”