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Model sues Kevin Hart for $60 million over 2017 sex tape, actor accuses her of extortion

A model has sued actor and comedian Kevin Hart over a 2017 sex tape, which she claims was made without her consent.

hollywood Updated: Sep 17, 2019 13:09 IST

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Kevin Hart poses during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Kevin Hart poses during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.(REUTERS)
         

Model Montia Sabagg has sued comedian Kevin Hart and others for $60 million over a 2017 sex tape. The 28-year-old model claimed that she was secretly recorded while having consensual intercourse with Hart in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to documents, cited E! News

Sabagg accused Hart, Jonathan "JT" Jackson, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and other related companies of intentional inflection of emotional distress, violations of privacy and negligence. She claimed in the suit that she "had no knowledge that the intimate activity" depicted in the video of her and Hart "was being recorded."

Kevin Hart gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles.
Kevin Hart gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles. ( AP )

The video, which according to the suit showed Sabagg "naked from the waist down and engaged in private, consensual sexual relations with Hart," was published online in September 2017. However, Hart claimed that he was being extorted. Soon thereafter, Sabagg held a press conference to deny the extortion accusations.

The lawsuit states that Hart wanted to attract "additional publicity and media attention" through the video and "increase his overall pop culture status."

In 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office charged Jackson with attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Prosecutors said Jackson attempted to sell the tape to various celebrity news websites after Hart declined to pay Jackson. The case is still ongoing. Hart was released from hospital last week after undergoing back surgery for injuries suffered due to a car crash earlier this month.

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First Published: Sep 17, 2019 13:06 IST

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