From friends to foes. Kevin Hart is “in complete disbelief” upon his close acquaintance Jonathan Todd Jackson being charged with extorting him.
The 38-year-old comedian seemingly addressed the scandal via Twitter on Wednesday, May 2. “Mind blown….Hurt….at a loss for words and simply in compete disbelief at the moment,” he wrote. “WOW.”
Hart’s cryptic tweet comes hours after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced that Jackson, 41, was charged “with trying to coerce actor Kevin Hart to pay him for a video that was surreptitiously recorded” in August 2017.
Jackson faces two felony accounts, one for attempted extortion and another for extortion by threatening letter, and faces a maximum sentence of four years in jail. He is also set to be arraigned on Wednesday.
According to TMZ, the Jumanji actor and Jackson have been friends for more than 15 years. They also costarred in Hart’s 2014 flick Think Like a Man Too.
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Eniko Parrish and (R) Kevin Hart attends the Kevin Hart and Jon Feltheimer Host Launch Of Laugh Out Loud at Private Residence on August 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Kevin Hart (R) and Eniko Parrish attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: Actor Kevin Hart and wife, Eniko Parrish attend 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' Philadelphia Screening at UA Riverview 17 on October 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Eniko Parrish (L) and actor Kevin Hart attend The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Kevin Hart and wife Eniko Parrish arrive at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Presenter Kevin Hart arrives with Eniko Parrish at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actor Kevin Hart (R) and wife Eniko Parrish pose at the GQ Men of the Year Party in West Hollywood, California, December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Cast member Kevin Hart and fiancee Eniko Parrish pose at the premiere of "Get Hard" at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California March 25, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on March 27. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Kevin Hart (R) and model Eniko Parrish arrive at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Comedian Kevin Hart (R) and his girlfriend Eniko Parrish attend Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards in Los Angeles June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Kevin Hart and his fiancee Eniko Parrish pose at the premiere of the "The Wedding Ringer" at TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California January 6, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on January 16. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish arrive at the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES-Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(BETAWARDS-ARRIVALS)
Host Kevin Hart and his girlfriend Eniko arrive
at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (MTV-ARRIVALS)
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Hart revealed in September 2017 that he was being extorted after making “a bad error in judgement and putting myself in an environment where only bad things can happen and they did.”
TMZ reported soon after that Hart was being blackmailed for a videotape that featured him engaging in sexually suggestive conduct with a woman in Las Vegas. Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, was eight months pregnant at the time.
The Central Intelligence actor admitted to cheating on Parrish, 33, three months later during an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show. “Me being wrong, I’m going to face the music,” he said at the time. “I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna address it, I’m gonna make my wife fully aware of what’s going on in the situation that I have now put us in and I’m hoping that she has a heart to where she can forgive me and understand that this is not going to be a reoccurring thing and allow me to recover from my f—king massive mistake.”