Jonathan Todd Jackson, 41, was charged on Wednesday (May 2nd) with one count of attempted extortion and another count of extortion by threatening letter, both "trying to coerce actor Kevin Hart to pay him for a video that was surreptitiously recorded past year", according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
J.T. has since been charged with two felony counts - attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter.
Jackson is accused of seeking an undisclosed amount of money from Hart, 38, in August past year and of also trying to sell a video of Hart in Las Vegas with a woman to numerous celebrity news websites.
It's unclear how Jackson may have obtained the video.
The tryst reportedly took place in a Las Vegas hotel room in the summer of 2017. His wife was pregnant with son Kenzo at the time. "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 I've talked to and apologized to". 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. Aside from that film, Jackson has also appeared in CBS' series, S.W.A.T.
"This is one cool ass dude right here yall", Jackson captioned the photo.
If convicted on both charges, Jackson faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison. Hurt...at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment.
Jackson, who was arrested on Monday, made a brief appearance on Wednesday afternoon in court, where a judge set his bail at $35k and told him to return on 30 May for arraignment.