- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2017

Kevin Hart this past week found himself the target of blackmail involving a sex tape that apparently shows the comedian and actor intimately involved with a woman who is not his wife. 

Hollywood gossip site TMZ reported Monday that the FBI is on the case and already has a suspect in its sights. 

Another video obtained by TMZ, purportedly from the blackmailer, alleges that Mr. Hart’s infidelities were captured during a wild weekend in August in Las Vegas, where the comedian was “so drunk and drugged up, it was an effortless attempt to film and take pictures of him.”

The creator of that video claims to have made the video public after Mr. Hart repeatedly refused to pay out the demanded hush money, and further suggested that Mr. Hart’s recent donations to Texas hurricane relief were simply PR stunts to gain good publicity ahead of the damaging revelations from the video.

On Saturday, the 38-year-old entertainer posted an apology to Instagram in which he said he had hurt his wife and children with his poor judgment, and said that he was coming clean after someone sought to make money off his “mistakes.”

“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back, and, because of that, I should make smart decisions,” he began the video saying. “And recently, I didn’t. …”

“… I made a bad error in judgment and put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen, and they did. And doing that, I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who I’ve talked to and apologized to, being my wife and my kids. And I just, you know, it’s a [expletive] moment. It’s a [expletive] moment when you know you’re wrong, and there’s no excuses for your wrong behavior. At the end of the day, man, I just simply gotta do better, but I’m not going to also allow a person to have financial gain off of my mistakes, and in this particular situation, that’s what was attempted.

“I said I’d rather fess up to my mistakes,” Mr. Hart said, concluding his remarks.

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