American comedian and actor, Kevin Hart faces a $60 million lawsuit after model and actress Montia Sabbag, accused the comedian of negligence, infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy stemming from a 2017 sex tape incident.
Sabbag made headlines with Hart in September 2017 after a video of the two having sex in a Las Vegas hotel room was uploaded online. She denied speculation at the time that she was suing or extorting the comedian, announcing she wanted to join forces with him against the person who illegally recorded them.
According to TMZ, Montia Sabbag recently has come out to say the 2017 sex tape incident, was all planned by Hart and his friend, J.T. Jackson who was later arrested for extortion.
The model also says Kevin’s motive at that time was motivated by publicity, especially with an upcoming comedy tour and that’s why he and JT allegedly hid the camera. The suit claims Hart allowed Jackson into the Cosmopolitan Hotel suite so he could set up hidden video recording devices to capture the liaison.
Jackson was later charged with 2 counts of extortion relating to alleged efforts to get money out of Hart to keep the tape under wraps. Jackson denied ever extorting the comedian. Kevin Hart had continuously denied the claims, insisting that he was also a victim.
Hart publicly apologized at the time to his wife Eniko and children Heaven, now 14, and Hendrix, now 11. The couple has since welcomed Kenzo, 1.
“I’m not perfect. I’m not going to sit up here and say that I am, or claim to be in any way shape or form,” he said. “And I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen, and they did. And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids.”
Hart is currently recovering from a major back injury after his vintage muscle car crashed in Malibu earlier this month. Eniko Hart told TMZ outside the hospital shortly after the accident that he was “going to be just fine.”
The new lawsuit was filed on the eve of the second anniversary of the video’s posting.