We didn’t see this coming and neither did Kevin Hart.
The man who allegedly tried to extort the 38-year-old comedian last summer by threatening to release a sex tape has now been charged, and get this, it’s one of Hart’s close acquaintances.
Jonathan Todd Jackson, 41, was charged on Wednesday “with trying to coerce actor Kevin Hart to pay him for a video that was surreptitiously recorded last year,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Hart was in complete disbelief after Jackson’s identity was revealed and addressed the issue on his Twitter account. “Mind blown….Hurt….at a loss for words and simply in compete disbelief at the moment,” he wrote. “WOW.”
Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) May 2, 2018
According to TMZ, Jackson, who is also known as Action Jackson has been Hart’s close friend for 15 years. Jackson, who is listed as J.T. Jackson in his IMDb profile, played a bit role in Hart’s 2014 film “Think Like a Man Too.” Jackson was also present at Hart’s bachelor party and posted on a number of photos of himself with Hart on social media.
Just last May, Jackson posted this throwback photo of himself with Hart and other members of his entourage.
And in August right before photos and videos of Hart and another woman surfaced online, Jackson posted a photo with Hart on his Instagram page.
Jackson is accused of trying to extort an undisclosed sum of money from the “Night School” star in August. Jackson allegedly had possession of a video that showed Hart getting cozy with a woman in Las Vegas, and was trying to shop the clip to various celebrity news sites.
Hart confessed to a “bad error of judgment” in an emotional September Instagram post, in which he apologized to his then-pregnant wife Eniko Parrish and his children for his indiscretions.
Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $100,000, and if convicted, Jackson faces a max sentence of four years in county jail.
Jackson’s film and TV credits include Naked (Netflix), C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), S.W.A.T (CBS) and Truth Be Told (NBC).
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