“I’m here with you,” she continued. “Unfortunately, because there is an ongoing court case, there is very little I can say at this time.”
‘Jane Doe’ and ‘John Doe’ (their names are withheld to protect their privacy) were 14 and 7 years old, respectively, when they allege Haddish and Spears made them participate in sexually suggestive videos in separate incidents in 2013 and 2014, according to the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by CNN.
“He’s not going to fall for the trap,” Debra Opri, Spears’ attorney, said in a statement to CNN.
A lawyer for Haddish told CNN that the plaintiff’s mother “has been trying to assert these false allegations against Ms. Haddish for several years.”
“Every lawyer who initially took on her case – and there were several – eventually dropped the case once it became clear that the claims were without merit and that Ms Haddish would not be moved,” the statement said, adding that the mother “has her adult daughter representing herself in this lawsuit. The two will together face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action.”
“John Doe” alleges that in the summer of 2014, Haddish “offered to book, arrange and film Mr. Doe’s content for a Nickelodeon sizzle reel at Spears’ home. Haddish claimed the reel would be used to book Mr. Doe on Nickelodeon.”
“After information and belief, Haddish and Spears removed the 7-year-old victim from his sister, placed him upstairs in a bedroom, and stripped the child down to his underwear,” according to the lawsuit. “The video was titled ‘Through A Pedophiles Eyes’ and shows Spears lusting after the 7-year-old” and rubbing her back.
Haddish played the boy’s mother in the video, which has been circulating on social media.
In his Monday statement, Haddish wrote that “…while this skit was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all – and I deeply regret agreeing to perform in it.”
“I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as possible,” Haddish concluded in his statement.