Kevin Hart’s good friend has been charged with trying to extort the comedian using a “surreptitiously recorded” video of Hart with a woman in Las Vegas.
According to E! News, Jonathan Todd Jackson, who has appeared in a small role in one of Hart movies and had been close friends with him, is the mind behind the alleged sex tape featuring the comedian, and now has been charged with attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter.
“Jackson is accused of trying to extort an undisclosed amount of money from Hart between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30, 2017,” said the statement released by the district attorney’s office on Wednesday. “Jackson allegedly had a videotape of the actor with a woman in Las Vegas and then is accused of trying to sell the recording to numerous celebrity news websites.”
And this comes months after the actor was busted for cheating on his then-pregnant wife, Eniko Hart.
Recall that after the scandal surfaced, Hart took to his Instagram to apologise to Eniko and his children for the shame he brought to them. “I made a bad error in judgment and put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen, and they did,” he said in the video. “At the end of the day, man, I just simply got to do better. But I’m not going to also allow a person to have financial gain off of my mistakes and in this particular situation, that’s what was attempted. I said I’d rather fess up to my mistakes.”
Now, he reacting to the news that it was his friend all along behind the scandal, the comedian tweeted this:
Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) May 2, 2018