Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish is pictured attending the MTV Movie And TV Awards on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images


  • Tiffany Haddish said she "deeply" regrets performing in a skit years ago that led to her being accused of child sex abuse
  • She explained that she is unable to share more details at this time "because there is an ongoing legal case"
  • Haddish's lawyer previously called the allegations "bogus" and said the actress "would not be shaken down"

Tiffany Haddish is speaking out on the molestation and grooming allegations she and fellow comedian Aries Spears are facing.

In a statement posted via Instagram Monday, Haddish, 42, acknowledged that "people have a bunch of questions" about the allegations made against her and explained why she is unable to share more details about the case at this time.

"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."

Haddish went on to say that she "deeply" regrets performing in a skit years ago that led to her and Spears being accused of child sex abuse.

"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," she continued. "I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as I can."

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week accused Haddish and Spears of grooming a 14-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother and coercing them to perform sexually suggestive acts on camera. The sister, identified as Jane Doe, now 22, sued the two comedians on behalf of herself and her younger brother, identified as John Doe, now 14.

The lawsuit claimed that in 2013, Haddish, a "longtime family friend" of the siblings' mother, took then-14-year-old Jane to the taping of a "sexually suggestive Subways commercial," according to court documents obtained by People.

During the taping, Haddish allegedly instructed Jane on how to perform inappropriate sex acts after watching a man and woman in a video.

A year later, Haddish allegedly reached out to the family again to express interest in then-7-year-old John for a Nickelodeon sizzle reel, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleged that John was molested by Spears while filming a video that was later published via Funny or Die and more online platforms titled "Through a Pedophile's Eyes."

The court documents claimed that Haddish witnessed the alleged incident "and aided, abetted and watched Spears sexually molest a child."

Haddish and Spears are being sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual battery, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor. Haddish is also sued for negligence supervision/failure to warn, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud.

Haddish's lawyer previously called the allegations "bogus" in a statement obtained by People.

"[The plaintiff's mother] has been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years. 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," her lawyer claimed. "Now, [the mother] has her adult daughter representing herself in this lawsuit. The two of them will together face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action."

Spears' lawyer also said in a statement obtained by the outlet that he "isn't going to fall for any shakedown."

Funny Or Die denied any involvement in the controversial clip.

"Funny Or Die found this video absolutely disgusting and would never produce such content," the company said in response to the lawsuit, according to People. "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."

Tiffany Haddish
In this photo, Haddish attends Black Girls Rock! 2017 at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey, Aug. 5, 2017. Getty Images/ Dia Dipasupil