Sometimes the people closest to you are the ones you need to watch out for and Kevin Hart is learning that the hard way.
It turns out the person who tried to extort the comedian with footage of him cheating on his pregnant wife, Eniko Hart, was his friend of 15 years. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Todd Jackson was charged with one count of attempted extortion and one count of extortion by threatening letter on Wednesday.
Prosecutors are reportedly recommending bail be set at $100,000 for the traitor who is also known as “Action Jackson” and even nabbed small parts in a couple of Hart’s films. If convicted, he faces up to four years in county jail for his crimes.
Even though Kevin Hart has been adamant that he wouldn’t succumb to blackmail, he is clearly blown away by the fact that his own friend tried to set him up.
“Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost (sic) for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW,” he posted on social media after the news broke.
Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) May 2, 2018
Now that Kevin Hart knows his own friend betrayed him, it may be time for him to tighten up his inner circle. Let’s hope he can move on and focus on the long list of projects he has in the works, including his upcoming film, Night School, starring Tiffany Haddish.
The film will hit theaters on September 28 and is based on a story written by Hart. His character needs to earn his diploma to get his life back on track and climb the corporate ladder. Haddish plays his wise-cracking teacher, so expect lots of laughs.
The comedy flick features an all-star cast including Megalyn Echinuwoke, Yvonne Orji, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Ben Schwartz and Romany Malco.