One of Kevin Hart’s longtime friends was arrested earlier this week after he was accused of trying to extort the comedian with an alleged sex tape that was filmed last summer.
According to TMZ, Jonathan Todd Jackson is now facing two felony counts related to the scandal: one is for attempted extortion and the other for extortion by threatening letter. Jackson, who also goes by “J.T.,” has reportedly been in Hart’s life for the past 15 years, and has appeared in multiple films like S.W.A.T., Naked, and Hart’s 2014 comedy Think Like a Man Too.
Hart seemingly responded to the news on social media Wednesday, writing:
Hart was caught up in another cheating scandal back in July, when Radar Online published a paparazzi-filmed video that supposedly showed the Jumanji star cheating on his wife, Eniko Parish Hart, with an unidentified woman. The following month, Jackson allegedly attempted to extort an undisclosed amount of money from the 38-year-old actor, using a video that supposedly showed Hart’s sexual encounter with a woman who wasn’t his wife.
In September 2017, Hart issued an apology to his fans, family, and then-pregnant wife amid the cheating rumors. He said in an Instagram video: “I’m not perfect. I’m not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form. And I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who I’ve talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids.”
Days after the apology was issued, the woman in the video, Montia Sabbag, came forward to deny any involvement in the extortion plot; however, she admitted to having a sexual relationship with the actor. Sabbag claimed she and Hart were both victims, and they were unaware that someone was filming them.
According to CBS News Los Angeles, Jackson faces up to four years in county jail if convicted on the felony charges. Prosecutors have requested his bail to be set at $100,000.