Tiffany Haddish Takes Plea Deal Over Beverly Hills DUI Arrest (UPDATE)

The actress and comedian was arrested for her first DUI in January 2022.

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UPDATED 2/1/2024, 8:20 p.m. ET:  One down, one more to go.

Months after she was arrested for driving under the influence, Tiffany Haddish reportedly resolved the case Thursday in Los Angeles court with a plea deal. TMZ reports the Emmy-winning comedian reached an agreement with prosecutors and managed to get her DUI charges dropped. She instead pleaded no contest to the reduced charges of reckless driving.

"Ms. Haddish has agreed to a simple vehicle code violation—not driving under the influence, which has been dismissed," her attorney Alex Spiro told the outlet. "[She] looks forward to this being behind her."

Haddish, who is also facing a DUI case in Georgia, joked about her L.A. arrest during a holiday stand-up performance in December, saying the amenities in the Beverly Hills jail were unlike anything she experienced before.

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"I know I'mma be alright, I been through way worse than this," Haddish told the crowd. "I'm sorry, you ain't lived until you got arrested in Beverly Hills, OK. It's beautiful over there. I've been in quite a few jails, just like the rest of y'all. If you gonna do something, get arrested over there because that jail is nice."

UPDATED 12/20/23, 7:44 p.m. ET: Tiffany Haddish is pleading “not guilty” in her DUI cases in both California and Georgia.

The 44-year-old comedian was arraigned on Wednesday and entered “not guilty” pleas for two counts brought by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, according to TMZ. The counts include driving under the influence and driving with a .08% BAC.

Haddish’s Georgia case was originally supposed to go to trial this month but has been postponed. Per TMZ, Haddish alleges in court documents for the Georgia case that the Peachtree Police performed an unlawful search of her car. She also requested that her blood test results not be allowed as evidence in the eventual trial.

UPDATED 12/13, 6:55 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has charged Tiffany Haddish with driving under the influence and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC), as reported by TMZ.

California state law indicates that it is illegal for anyone over the age of 21 to drive with a BAC of .08 percent or higher.

It is the second time in less than two years that the actress/comedian has been arrested and charged with a DUI after being found asleep behind the wheel. Following her January 2022 arrest in Georgia, Haddish did not seem all that fazed by the situation during her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

"Now I got a really great lawyer and we’re gonna work it out," the 44-year-old joked. "And I've gotta get my asking of things to God a little better."

It appears she is taking her latest arrest a little more seriously. Haddish is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 22.

UPDATED 11/27, 8 p.m. ET: Tiffany Haddish says she plans to “get help” after her arrest over the weekend. 

The actress and comedian told Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier that she will be turning over a new leaf after her second DUI-related arrest in two years.

“I’m going to get some help so I can learn balance and boundaries,” said Haddish, adding that “this will never happen again.” 

Speaking on the arrest, Haddish clarified that her Tesla had parked itself before she dozed off and ended up blocking a portion of the street. Despite the ordeal, she said she was in good spirits and paid a compliment to the Beverly Hills Police Department for their professionalism in handling the situation, per ET.

UPDATED 11/25, 5:20 p.m. ET: Hours after she was arrested at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on suspicion of driving under the influence, Tiffany Haddish returned to the scene of the crime.

TMZ reports Haddish was seen leaving the comedy club Friday night with producer Jeff Beacher. The comedian's return to the Laugh Factory came a night after she was arrested after police found her asleep in her car outside the venue.

An insider noted that Haddish and Beacher appeared to be in "good spirits," with the former "flashing a subtle grin as she looked down while sitting in a vehicle."

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Tiffany Haddish was reportedly arrested for a DUI in Beverly Hills.

TMZ writes that the actress and comedian is facing charges after police apparently found her asleep in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. Though there was no car accident, she was handcuffed early Friday morning and reportedly booked for a DUI and improper stopping on a roadway.

Police arrived on the scene after receiving a call at around 5:45 a.m. about a running car stopped on Beverly Drive and someone asleep behind the wheel. A video of the arrest shows Haddish was apprehended without incident. According to the outlet, she will be released later on Friday.

She spent the holiday at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, where she performed at the club’s 43rd annual free Thanksgiving. She posted about the event earlier this week.

Her trial is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Haddish’s first DUI took place in January 2022 in Atlanta. At the time, the 44-year-old was arrested for a DUI and improper stopping on a roadway after she appeared to be dozing behind the wheel. The incident happened soon after her break-up with Common in November 2021.

She later addressed her DUI on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “I can say this Jimmy, I’ve been praying to God to send me a new man, a good man,” she said. “And God went ahead and sent me four in a uniform. I wasn’t expecting it.”

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