In August, a 22-year-old woman using the pseudonym Jane Doe filed a lawsuit alleging that Haddish and fellow comedian Aries Spears had forced her and her 15-year-old brother separately to perform inappropriate acts on camera when they were both children.
Speaking to TMZ following the dismissal, Haddish said that the damage had already been done to her career.
After the interviewer commented that the experience must have been “stressful”, Haddish responded: “You think?”
“I lost everything,” she then said. “All my gigs, gone. Everything, gone… I don’t have no job. I don’t have no job, bro.”
According to her IMDB, Haddish has two projects in post-production, while another due to be released has been completed.
There are no pre-production projects listed on her page or live shows coming up according to Ticketmaster.
In new court documents obtained on Tuesday (20 September), Doe asked the judge presiding over the case for it to be dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again.
In a statement, she said: “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 glad that we can all put this behind us.”
The statement did not mention Spears, who is also cleared following the dismissal.
The plaintiff had previously accused the pair of “intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse of a minor”.
She alleged that when she was 14 and her brother – known as John Doe – was seven, they had been coerced by Haddish into filming a comedy skit.
According to the complaint original, Spears played a paedophile in the video, which included scenes of him massaging oil onto Doe’s brother’s back, among other sexually suggestive acts.
The lawsuit claimed that after the shoot ended, “[John Doe] called his mother crying, saying he did not want to film anymore”.
Doe also alleges that Haddish showed her a video of a woman simulating fellatio while eating a sandwich, with Spears asking Doe “to mimic what she had seen on the screen, including the noises precisely like what she heard throughout the video”.
The video was published on platforms including Funny or Die under the title: “Through a Paedophile’s Eyes.”
While Haddish and Spears deny the allegations contained in the dismissed lawsuit, in an Instagram post shared on 5 September, Haddish wrote: “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.”
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