Kevin Hart's Former Friend Charged in Sex Tape Extortion

Man charged with trying to extort Kevin Hart with alleged sex tape

A man was arrested and charged with trying to extort Kevin Hart

The man who allegedly tried to extort actor Kevin Hart over a sex tape previous year is being charged with extortion, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Los Angeles investigators have since arrested prime suspect Jonathan Todd Jackson, who was taken into custody on Monday, April 30.

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Jackson is accused of trying to extort an undisclosed amount of money from the Get Hard actor between 25 August and 30 August previous year. Jackson allegedly shopped the tape around to various news outlets before TMZ published a version of the video in September previous year. Later, the video switches to a shot that appears to show a couple having sex in a hotel room.

It subsequently emerged that the video footage was being used as part of an attempted extortion plot, forcing Kevin to call in authorities to deal with the matter, while owning up to his bad behaviour online and issuing a public apology to his then-pregnant wife Eniko and his family. "I'm wrong", Hart said in a Power 105.1 FM radio interview soon after. And in doing that I know that I'm going to hurt the people closest to me, who've I talked to and apologised to, that would be my wife and my kids. According to TheBlast.com, Jackson was a "trusted associate" of Hart's inner circle, and the star has now hinted at the betrayal in a post on Twitter. J.T.is an actor and has starred in S.W.A.T. There is even at least one photo of the two mugging together on Jackson's Instagram page. "Mad respect for the homie". Prosecutors are asking that he be held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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The comedian took to Twitter to describe his "complete" disbelief after the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced charges against his longtime friend, Jonathan Jackson, who allegedly tried blackmailing the comedian previous year. Hurt.at a loss for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment.

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