Tiffany Haddish’s ex-husband is fighting back against her claims of abuse during their marriage by saying she asked him to be "aggressive" with her during sex, including requesting him to choke her.
Earlier this year, Haddish was sued by her ex, William Stewart, over her memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn.” The book featured a chapter entitled, "The Ex-Husband," which painted Stewart as abusive and a stalker during their five-year marriage, though she never mentioned him by name.
Stewart sued Haddish and Simon & Schuster, the book's publisher, for defamation, libel, and slander and is seeking in excess of $1 million in damages. Haddish has denied his claims.
According to newly-released court documents obtained by The Blast, Stewart's lawyers sent several letters to Haddish and S&S in an effort to reach a settlement prior to filing his lawsuit.
Stewart claims he reached out to Haddish personally, before making any public statements in an effort to resolve the "harmful and defamatory assertions." He claims Haddish responded cryptically, saying, "Be patient your blessings are coming" and "Start to think positive so positive things can come your way. Because your blessings are waiting on you."
Haddish claims she had a TRO against Stewart during their marriage, but he alleges the TRO was dropped after "Ms. Haddish recanted the allegations in the TRO and pled with law enforcement to dismiss the TRO because it was untrue. In fact, she confessed to attacking Mr. Stewart."
Stewart also claims Haddish gave an interview with comedian Dom Irrera in 2012 where she unequivocally says Stewart never beat her. He claims Haddish made a joke that "he never beat me up, he just choked me a little bit" and that choking was often a punchline in her comedy.
Then the lawyers drop this bombshell:
Furthermore, we have information that will demonstrate Ms. Haddish regularly requested Mr. Stewart to become more aggressive with her during sex, including, among other things, to choke her as a part of their sexual intercourse.
Stewart also claims he has audio recordings of Haddish "seeking the guidance of a psychic to help with her erratic and violent tendencies towards Mr. Stewart, not vice versa."
The letter concludes by saying:
Mr. Stewart did not commit criminal domestic violence, nor did he abuse Tiffany Haddish during their marriage. He did not abandon his daughter. These assertions can never be unsaid and Mr. Stewart’s reputation has been irreparably damaged.
The case is ongoing.