Aries Spears calls child sexual abuse lawsuit ‘extortion’

Aries Spears has personally denied the allegations of child sexual abuse made against him and fellow comic Tiffany Haddish.

During Wednesday’s episode of his podcast with Andy Steinberg, the comedian dismissed the child sex abuse lawsuit against him as a “blackmail case” and a “shakedown.” Last week, a woman filed a pro se complaint accusing Spears and Haddish of grooming and molesting her (referred to in the complaint as Jane Doe) and her brother (John Doe) when they were 14 and 7, respectively years old.

Before Jane Doe filed the lawsuit, her mother reported Spears and Haddish’s alleged crimes to the Las Vegas police, who, according to Jane Doe, referred the case to the LAPD.

“Obviously for legal reasons … I really can’t talk about anything at this point,” Spears said. “To all the faithful listeners, all my fans, very few friends I have… thank you guys for your support and your love. I’ll be sure to remember you and make sure you’re all invited to that all-white yacht party with the bevy of B-‘s I keep talking about. … We won’t be shaken.”

“And believe me, it bothers me not to talk about the skit,” he continued. “There are some very valid things that I feel I need to say or want to say but just can’t right now. And I’m not a coward. I’m not running from anything and I’m not to blame for anything. …I’d like to address it head-on…because I’m a fighter. I’m not a runner.”

Though he stopped naming his accusers, Spears called Jane Doe’s mother a “b—” and a “huge con man” with a “history of… false allegations.” He also added that “the Lizzo thing” — in reference to the widespread criticism he received for shaming the “About Damn Time” singer — “didn’t help his image.”

“I’m having a bad week,” he admitted. “But let it be what it is.”

In a statement provided to The Times on Thursday, Jane refuted Doe Spears’ statements about her mother, “a social worker and community activist” who “has helped thousands of families overcome domestic violence.” The plaintiff alleged that Haddish “grooms children to love and trust her and makes them love her.” [Spears] to hurt her.”

Jane Doe also noted that she and her brother weren’t the “only victims” of Spears and Haddish’s alleged “sexually deviant behavior,” going so far as to compare the entertainers to convicted child sex traffickers Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

“I wonder what they will have to say when the other victims come up with their story and their photos,” said Jane Doe. “Aries complained about a bad week. There [of] we lived a bad life for him.”

Haddish and Spears’ attorneys did not immediately respond to the Times’ request for comment Thursday.

On Monday, she filed a letter with the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office, calling for the immediate arrest and criminal prosecution of Haddish and Spears. In her letter, she accused the LAPD of shelving her case and urged the district attorney’s office to use its “judicial powers and resources to address and end the … depravity committed by Haddish and Spears.”

Shortly after the allegations surfaced, Haddish said on Instagram that she “deeply regretted” taking part in a skit that was “intended to be comedy” but ultimately “wasn’t funny at all.”

In court documents, Jane Doe describes two comedy sketches: one for which Haddish allegedly encouraged a 14-year-old Jane Doe to mimic the moves of fellatio, and another showing Spears “lusting after” John Doe during Season 7 -year-old it’s in his underwear and Haddish is off-screen.

“I know people have a lot of questions,” Haddish wrote last week.

“I understand. I’ll be with you in a moment. Unfortunately I can say very little at the moment as a court case is pending. … I very much look forward to sharing much more about this situation as soon as possible.”

In a statement to the Times, Jane Doe criticized Haddish’s “feeble attempt to shift responsibility solely onto” Spears.

“Tiffany hasn’t acknowledged the fact that she intentionally lied to our mother by telling her that my brother was filming a Nickelodeon Sizzle role, when her real intention was to isolate him and end him with Aries Spears harass,” added Jane Doe. “We will not stop until we receive justice.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-08/aries-spears-tiffany-haddish-child-sexual-abuse-lawsuit-statement Aries Spears calls child sexual abuse lawsuit ‘extortion’

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