The man who tried to get money from Kevin Hart in exchange of his sex tape has been charged on Wednesday.
The alleged extortionist is Jonathan Todd Jackson, who goes by the name of J.T. and Action Jackson, also an actor and a friend of the comedian. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office revealed on Wednesday that the accused is facing a count of extortion and another for extortion by threatening letter.
Jackson tried to extort from the comedian in August last year for his alleged sex tape for an undisclosed amount of money. Meanwhile, it was reported that the extortionist was a good friend of Hart for more than a decade now, and the public had probably seen them together in social media posts.
They have been together in the film Think Like A Man Too, and Jackson had appeared in Naked and S.W.A.T., but it seemed that all that went down the flames, as the man even tried to sell Hart's sex tape to websites. He remained in authorities' custody, but he could post a $100,000 bail. If he is convicted, he could be behind bars for up to four years.
"Mind blown ... Hurt ... at a loss for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW," Hart tweeted.
Hart's Sex Tape
Hart's sex tape allegedly showed the actor having intercourse with a woman in Las Vegas. The two claimed they were unaware that they were being filmed.
The woman in the clip, Montia Sabbag, came out and cleared her name and said last year via her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, that she "had nothing to do with this and that she is a crime victim just like Kevin Hart." Of Jackson being charged, the attorney took to Twitter to air their side's statement.
"Montia and I are delighted that the alleged extortionist is being brought to justice," she said.
In September, the 38-year-old Central Intelligence actor issued a public apology via social media. It didn't give any juicy details, but it was the time when the rumors started circulating about Hart's sex tape.
In the vague video, he said sorry to his wife, Eniko Parrish, and kids for his "bad error in judgment" and added that someone was trying to extort him. When Hart's sex tape news broke out, his wife was pregnant, and two months after, she gave birth to a baby boy.
"It's a s**tty moment when you know you're wrong and there's no excuses for your wrong behavior. At the end of the day, I just simply got to do better," Hart said.