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LOS ANGELES A woman who accused comedians Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears of coercing her and a sibling into filming sexually explicit skits when they were children filed a request Tuesday to dismiss the claim.

The first page of the filing, obtained by NBC News, asked the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to dismiss her lawsuit with prejudice, which means it could not be filed again. No reason was given on the first page for the move to withdraw.

The woman, identified in the original claim as Jane Doe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment but in a statement issued to TMZ on Tuesday said “we are glad that we can all put this behind us.”

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“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,” the statement said.

Attorneys for Haddish did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Spears also did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Aug. 30, alleges Haddish and Spears separately coerced the siblings when they were children to take part in sexually explicit skits. It claims their participation stole the youth of a 7-year-old child and a 14-year-old child.

The suit was filed by Jane Doe, 22, on behalf of herself and her younger brother who is still a juvenile.

Six days after the lawsuit was filed, Haddish posted a message on Instagram expressing regret for her role in one of the comedy pieces.

While this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasnt funny at all and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it, Haddish said in the Sept. 5 post.

The siblings’ mother had a close relationship with Haddish, star of “Girls Trip” and several other films, when they were both children, according to the lawsuit.

In 2013, Haddish appeared as a guest speaker at a summer camp attended by Jane Doe when she was 14, the suit said. It was then that Haddish said she had the “perfect role” for the teenager, the claim alleged.

The lawsuit alleged that the skit involved Haddish teaching Jane Doe how to mimic fellatio on a sub sandwich.

The lawsuit also alleged that a year later, her brother appeared in a skit titled “Through a Pedophile’s Eyes” about a boy being left with a man, played by Mad TV veteran Spears, who leers at the child lustfully” and gets into a bathtub with him.

The 7-year-old boy was stripped down to his underwear in most of the scenes, according to the filing.

After filming wrapped up, he called his mother to say he didn’t want to participate anymore, the suit said.

The mother repeatedly asked both Spears and Haddish about what was filmed that made her son cry, the suit alleged. Haddish said she would get back to the mother about providing the unedited footage but later said it was unusable and had been deleted, the lawsuit alleged.

It was not until roughly four years later, in June 2018, that the mother learned about the piece’s content when it was published on the Funny or Die website, the filing said.

The mother responded to the video by proclaiming she would never have let her son participate in “a pedophile child pornography skit, the lawsuit said.

“Funny Or Die” said the video had been uploaded as user-generated content and that it was removed immediately when the independent comedy studio learned about it. A spokesperson said in a statement this month that the platform found the video “absolutely disgusting.”

The suit sought unspecified damages from Haddish, 42, and Spears, 47, who worked on the 2019 film “The Kitchen” together.

The lawsuit alleged that, as a result of the siblings participation in the comedy pieces, they developed social disorders.

Attorneys for the celebrities have in past statements characterized the lawsuit as a shakedown.

Andrew Brettler, an attorney for Haddish, said Jane Does mother had been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years. He also said Haddish would not be shaken down. Similarly, Debra Opri, an attorney for Spears, said the comedian isnt going to fall for any shakedown.

Earlier this month, Jane Doe sent a letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón asking his office to arrest and prosecute Haddish and Spears.