A former friend of comedian Kevin Hart is smack dab in the middle of an extortion scandal.
Fans of the star may recall Kevin’s emotional public apology to his wife, Eniko, that he felt compelled to make after someone threaten to release a video of him cheating in Vegas. The comedic star said he felt like he had a “target” on his back as he apologized for misdeeds (click HERE if you missed that).
The scandal went on for months and the woman was even accused of being behind an elaborate extortion plot after hidden video was leaked.
Welp… it was someone in Hart’s own camp who was reportedly behind the entire spectacle and now one of Hart’s “Friends” is being charged with extortion.
Jonathan Todd Jackson, also known as Action Jackson, was charged on Wednesday (May 3) with trying to coerce Kevin Hart into paying an undisclosed sum for a video of the comedian frolicking with a woman in Las Vegas.
Hart’s video went viral last September, sparking a huge cheating scandal as the superstar had recently gotten married and his new wife was then pregnant.
According to the Los Angeles Distirct Attorney’s Office, Jackson was arrested and charged with one count each of felony attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter for his involvement in the scandal.
“Jackson is accused of trying to extort an undisclosed amount of money from Hart between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30, 2017,” a statement from the D.A. read.
“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, prosecutors said.”
*Fun Fact* Jackson is a professional bowler who was frequently spotted around several high-powered stars:
For the record, Montia Sabbag, the woman at the center of the scandal, says she was photographed unknowingly and denied that she had been part of an extortion attempt against Hart. Her attorney, Lisa Bloom shared her thoughts on the matter via twitter, stating: