• Extortion scandal returns to haunt Kevin Hart as sex tape partner sues him for $60 million

    While recovering from back injuries resulting from a car crash, Kevin Hart has been hit again. This time it is not by a car crash but by a $60 million lawsuit filed by Montia Sabbag who accuses him of wrongfully using their sexual encounter to boost his career. Sabbag appeared in the sexually intimate video with Hart which caused a scandal in 2017.

    The 28-year-old model claims that she was secretly recorded while having consensual intercourse with the actor in a Las Vegas hotel room. She claims that the intimate activity was being recorded without her knowledge and consent while “she reasonably believed that her privacy was safe and protected at all relevant times.” She accused that Hart and his friend JT Jackson,“set up a hidden video recording device” in the room and their actions have resulted in intentional inflection of emotional distress, violations of privacy and negligence.

    Her lawsuit also claims that Hart conspired with his friend to make the video to gain financial benefits and wanted to attract “additional publicity and media attention” through the release of the video in order to enhance his “overall pop culture status.”

    The video was released in September 2017 at a time when Hart’s wife Eniko Parrish was pregnant with their son. Hart apologised to his family terming his action as a “bad error in judgment” and accused Jackson of trying to extort him. “It’s beyond irresponsible. There’s no way around it. That’s Kevin Hart in his dumbest moment. That’s not the finest hour of my life. With that being said, you make your bed you lay in it,” Hart said in an interview with an FM channel back in 2017.

    Hart never revealed the identity of the woman in the video but in a press conference later that year, Sabbag came forward with her attorney Lisa Bloom and revealed her side of the story. In her statement she mentioned,” “I was involved with Kevin Hart a month ago. Since then my pictures and my name have been released with lies written about me. I’m not an extortionist. I’m not a stripper. I’m a recording artist and an actress and I have not broken any laws.”

    At that time Sabbag had stated that she did not intend to sue Hart, whom she considered to be a victim of the extortion plot. Last year, the Los Angeles District Attorney General’s office charged Jackson with attempted extortion and extortion by using threatening letters. The case is still in progress.

    Apart from the $60 million dollars, Sabbag is also demanding all rights of the tape to be transferred to her along with all copies of it destroyed.

    Hart has made no comments about the lawsuit so far. The actor was released from the hospital last week after undergoing surgery and his wife said that he is expected to make a complete recovery.

     

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