Comedian Tiffany Haddish is usually one to bring the laughs, but this is definitely not a laughing matter.

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The funnywoman’s ex-husband is denying the abuse that she says he put her through in her tell-all book The Last Black Unicorn. Haddish’s former hubby, William Stewart, attempted to reach a settlement with the book’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, before filing a lawsuit for defamation, libel, and slander. Williams is seeking in excess of $1 million in damages.

Stewart alleges that Haddish conducted an interview with comedian Dom Irrera in 2012, where she says Stewart never beat her. He claims Haddish joked that he never beat me up, he just choked me a little bit” making that a punchline in her comedy.


According to the lawsuit, the letter from Williams’ attorney then opens up an entirely different aspect of the lawsuit.

“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 goes on to say he has 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 from the attorney concludes 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.” will follow this case for updates as it develops.