Kevin Hart, a world famous actor and comedian, is at the center of a controversy surrounding an alleged extortion attempt after he refused to pay off a woman trying to blackmail him with a sexually suggestive video. Saturday Hart posted a public apology to Instagram in the form of a video. In the video, the 38-year-old star apologizes to his pregnant wife and children.
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The star explains that he had a "target on my back" and that someone was trying to get a "financial gain" from his past mistakes. Hart went on to say he has discussed his past and the woman's threats with his wife, Eniko Parrish, and his two children from his first marriage. Hart says, "Sending so many apologies to my wife and kids. I gotta do better and I will. I’m not perfect and I never claimed to be … I love you all."
The extortion attempt was reported by TMZ when a woman demanded money from the star for a video, despite that video not being a sex tape. The poorly edited video reportedly shows Hart and the woman getting frisky in a night club before cutting to a shot of an empty bed with the sounds of bed springs creaking and a slapping sound.
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