Martin Lawrence on his 90s show ‘Martin’ being cancelled because of a sexual assault lawsuit
Martin Lawrence (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)
22 years after his hit comedy show Martin taken
off air, actor and comedian Martin Lawrence has finally revealed why the show
In a recent
interview with GQ magazine, the 54 year old actor opened up about why
his 90’s hit comedy show Martin came to sudden end 1997,
stating that it happened as result of a sexual harassment lawsuit lodged
against him by his then co-star, Tisha Campbell, who played the role of his
girlfriend in the sitcom which had aired from 1992.
In her lawsuit against the actor back in 1997, Bet
reports that Tisha claimed that she experienced “obsessive” physical
and emotional abuse from Lawrence, including “repeated and escalating sexual
harassment, sexual battery and violent threats.” Martin denied the allegations.
Although hesitant in tone at first, the Bad
boys star responded bluntly to interviewer, Zach Baron, when he
brought up the question.
“You did the show for five seasons, right? How come it
ended?” Baron asked.
“Well, how can I say this? It just was time to end,”
Lawrence replied. “Let’s just put it that way. It was just, at that time, there
was some, um, there were some things that was being said that—” “You’re talking
about Tisha Campbell’s lawsuit?” said Baron.
“Yeah. Yeah,” Lawrence said, before confirming he’s been
spending more time with the actress. “Yeah. Because none of that was true. It
was all a lot of bulls**t and — just whoever’s side it was, it was bulls**t.”
“We don’t need to talk about something that just didn’t
happen,” he continued. “So I just decided to walk away from the show. I just
decided to end it. People said that I got cancelled, but that wasn’t the case.
I decided to just leave the show.” He added.
further reports that there is no bad blood between the two and that
the co-stars and that in 2018 they reunited for the first time in two decades
since the lawsuit. And actor also confirmed this during his interview with GQ.
reports that Tisha has since given a
response. During her recent appearance on American talk show, The Talk, the
51-year-old actress addressed the matter, saying that despite being caught
off-guard when she heard about it, her relationship with the actor is nothing
short of good.
"I can’t go into
much detail about the past because there was a confidentiality agreement, so
the gag order says no. But, what I can say is … I was actually kind of shocked,"
she said in Thursday's episode, adding that some people wanted her to not
address the comments, while others encouraged her to clap back. "... So I
hit [Lawrence] up. He called me within a minute … He was like, 'Don’t read into
what it is, there’s a lot of people that’s trying to bring up the past and
trying to make it news today. But, you know T, we’re good. I love you and I
love your family."
She continued: "... Again, I’m not going to go into
details, because I want to respect his privacy and I want to respect mine. But
I will say, by the end of it, it was nothing but laughter and healing. And I
got a chance to experience that. And I’m so glad we’re in a good place right
now." She told the host.
And for good measure, Lawrence, who insists that he and
Campbell are now in good terms, took to his Instagram and shared a touching
message to Campbell that casts away any doubts regarding their current
relationship. "Regardless of the past or any misrepresentation of it In
the press, I have nothing but love for Tisha then and now," he captioned an
old photo of himself and Campbell. "We are good and always will be!” he