Prosecutors charged Jonathan Todd "Action" Jackson, with one count each of attempted extortion and extortion by a threatening letter, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office release said.
Jackson is accused of seeking an undisclosed amount of money from Hart, 38, in August previous year and of also trying to sell a video of Hart in Las Vegas with a woman to numerous celebrity news websites.
Actor Kevin Hart said he is "lost for words" and "hurt" on Wednesday night after authorities announced charges against an old friend who allegedly tried to extort him. Jackson allegedly shopped the tape around to various news outlets before TMZ published a version of the video in September a year ago.
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According to Jackson, the sex tape was taken from one of Kevin Hart's escapades in Las Vegas, which Jackson was trying to shop around to different press outlets for money.
At the time, his wife Eniko Parrish was pregnant with their son Kenzo Kash.
"Montia and I are delighted that the alleged extortionist is being brought to justice", Bloom said on Twitter. Hurt...at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. "That would be my wife and my kids". Prosecutors are asking that he be held in lieu of $100,000 bail. They worked together on the 2014 hit, Think Like a Man Too.
The comedian took to Twitter to describe his "complete" disbelief after the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced charges against his longtime friend, Jonathan Jackson, who allegedly tried blackmailing the comedian previous year.