Aadd fuel to the raging fire of an accusing trial Tiffany Haddish of child sex abuse, the actress and comedian has hired the same lawyer who previously defended Prince Andrew against similar high-profile claims involving a convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Defense attorney Andrew Brettler’s involvement in the case is among the latest developments following a bombshell report about a woman suing Haddish and fellow comedian Aries Spears for their alleged roles depicting her and her brother in sexual ways while underage in a series of videos produced in and around the summer of 2013.
The lawsuit was filed anonymously by Jane Doe on behalf of herself and her younger brother, identified as John Doe, because both were under 18 when Haddish and Spears allegedly recruited and groomed them to appear in footage video that included the boy wearing only underwear and playing “with a train in a manner that suggests phallic masturbation”, according to the Daily Beast, which first reported the lawsuit. The boy was 7 and the hour and the girl was 14.
The video footage still exists, the lawsuit claims.
The Daily Beast added:
Spears and Haddish are both charged with intentionally inflicting emotional distress, gross negligence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor. Haddish is further charged with negligent supervision/failure to warn, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud. The lawsuit seeks general and special damages, as well as “any appropriate statutory compensation.”
The involvement of defense attorney Brettler, who called the lawsuit “fake” and predicted that the accusers “would face the consequences of pursuing this frivolous action”, adds a new dimension to the case.
Not only has Brettler represented several Hollywood stars accused of sexual misconduct, he’s been successful in doing so as well. However, the end results have often included the societal ostracism of his clients, though they may still enjoy their freedom under the perpetual taint of credible allegations of sexual abuse.
In the case of Prince Andrew, the disgraced member of the royal family who was sued by an American woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17. The lawsuit specifically alleged that Prince Andrew associated with Epstein and Epstein’s partner, Ghislaine Maxwell. to force the teenager to have sex with them in London. Notably, Epstein died by suicide in prison after being arrested and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. Maxwell, for her part, was sentenced in June to 20 years in prison “for her role in a scheme to sexually exploit and abuse several underage girls with Jeffrey Epstein over a decade,” as detailed in the report. Ministry of Justice press release. .
Despite being entangled in such a salacious web, Brettler was able to broker a way for Prince Andrew to settle the lawsuit out of court without his client admitting guilt or going to jail. British media reported that the settlement was worth more than $16 million, according to Bloomberg.
Brettler got similar results for people like David Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports who was charged with violent sex crimes, including smothering and filming two women without their permission; Armie Hammer, the actor accused of rape and sexual abuse; and Chris Noth, the “Sex And The City” actor who was accused of sexually assaulting two women.
Asked in an interview about the types of legal cases he chooses to be associated with, Brettler said he likes it.
“It’s a fun way to practice law,” Brettler told Variety earlier this year.
Of course, the nature of the lawsuit against Haddish and Spears is anything but “fun,” no matter which side of the lawsuit you’re on.
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