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How Kevin Hart Came Out on Top After His Scandalous Year

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It hasn’t been the easiest year for Kevin Hart.

Just 10 months ago, the 38-year-old comedian found himself at the center of a scandal.

In May, Jonathan Todd Jackson, also known as Action Jackson, was charged with trying to coerce Hart into paying an undisclosed sum for a video allegedly showing the Ride Along star with a woman in Las Vegas. The charges included one count of attempted extortion and one count of extortion by letter.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Jackson was accused of trying to sell the recording to several celebrity news websites. Per the LADA, the alleged attempted extortion took place between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30. However, as of May, the case was still under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.

Fans suspected something was wrong in September after the actor issued an emotional public apology to his then-pregnant wife, Eniko, and his children via Instagram.

“I made a bad error in judgment and put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen, and they did,” the Central Intelligence star said. “And, in doing that, I know that I am going to hurt the people closest to me, who I’ve talked to and apologized to—being my wife and my kids.”

He also said he wasn’t going to allow someone to achieve “financial gain” from his “mistakes,” which he said was “attempted.”

Hart’s rep later confirmed “someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt.” Later that month, a woman named Montia Sabbag identified herself as the woman in the alleged footage. She said she was “involved with Kevin Hart a month ago” but that she was “not an extortionist.” Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, also claimed “someone apparently snuck cameras into Kevin Hart’s private hotel suite in Las Vegas and recorded bedroom images” of Hart and Sabbag.

However, Bloom said she and Sabbag were “not asking for a cent from Kevin Hart.”

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