Kevin Hart sued by JT Jackson for breach of contract

In 2021, Hart posted on Instagram, claiming that JT Jackson had "been found not guilty."

Pop Culture & Art July 11, 2024
Courtesy: Reuters, @jonathanjackson

Kevin Hart's former friend Jonathan "JT" Jackson is suing him for allegedly fabricating evidence in the well-known 2017 extortion case and violating a subsequent contract.

Jackson's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles and obtained by Page Six, claims that he and Hart had a "meticulously negotiated" settlement agreement in July 2021. 

This agreement stated that Hart would "issue a powerful public statement proclaiming [Jackson’s] innocence" in the comedian’s sex tape scandal.

Jackson, 47, claims Hart was supposed to say that “the incident” cost him “a very valuable friendship,” that he “lost someone close” to him whom he “loved,” that he’s “proud to say that all [the] charges against JT Jackson have been dropped” and that Jackson “is not guilty and had nothing to do with it.”

However, in October 2021, Hart posted on Instagram, claiming that Jackson had “been found not guilty” because “those charges have been dropped against him.”

Hart said the situation “put a fork in the road between he and I, and our relationship was lost,” before explaining that he wanted to put it all “behind” him, “move on” and “get back to life.”

Jackson alleges that Hart neglected to “clear [Jackson’s] name unequivocally and restore his reputation.”

Jackson, an actor and comedian, asserts that he "has sustained enormous difficulties in obtaining acting roles" since the alleged contract breach.

“Hart’s failure to uphold the contractual obligations has negatively affected [Jackson’s] professional life and financial security,” his complaint alleges.

Although the extortion charges against Jackson were dismissed in September 2021, he alleges in the new lawsuit that Hart, 45, fabricated evidence resulting in his arrest in April 2018.

Jackson asserts that Hart “alleged” to have received an email that month from an individual demanding 20 bitcoins to stop the further release of the sex tape.


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