Martin Lawrence has finally opened up about Tisha Campbell’s sexual harassment accusation against him after more than two decades. In a new interview with GQ, the “Bad Boys for Life” star denied the claim and cleared the air about the impact the lawsuit had on “Martin”, which came to an end in 1997 after five season.
Asked about the reason for the cancellation in the new interview, Martin said, “Well, how can I say this? It just was time to end. 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…” He was referring to the lawsuit, though he dismissed that it ever happened. “None of that was true. It was all a lot of bulls**t,” he said.
Back in 1997, Tisha claimed that she experienced “obsessive” physical and emotional abuse from Martin, including “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery and violent threats,” on the set of “Martin”. She later refused to film most of season five, prompting viewers of the show to assume that her contentious suit was the reason “Martin” ended in its fifth season. However, Martin refuted this notion.
The comedian said in the GQ interview, “I just decided to walk away from the show. I just decided to end it. People said that I got canceled, but that wasn’t the case. I just decided to leave the show.”
However, despite all the things that happened in the past, Martin and Tisha stay on good terms. They have been spending time together and Martin even said in the interview that he still loves the “House Party” star. “I love Tisha,” he told the interviewer. “I’ve seen her then and now, now and then, always nothing but love. I have nothing but love for her, and I always have.”