Montia Sabagg, a 28-year-old model who claims she was secretly filmed having sex with comedian Kevin Hart in a Las Vegas hotel room, is suing the star as well as others for $60 million.
According to a document obtained by E! News, the woman has accused Hart, Jonathan "JT" Jackson, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and other related companies of intentional inflection of emotional distress, violations of privacy and negligence.
Sabagg claims in the lawsuit that she "had no knowledge that the intimate activity" depicted in the 2017 video of her and Hart "was being recorded." The video, which according to the lawsuit shows Sabagg "naked from the waist down and engaged in private, consensual sexual relations with Hart," was eventually published online in September 2017.
At the time, Hart stated publicly that he was being extorted. Shortly after, Sabagg responded to the extortion accusations in a press conference alongside celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom in which she denied blackmailing Hart. Now, the model is accusing Hart of letting his friend, JT Jackson, "set up a hidden video recording device" in the hotel suite and film the two having sex.
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Woman involved with Kevin Hart hires Lisa Bloom to represent her. Via TMZ: Montia Sabbag joined her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, for a news conference just a few minutes ago and acknowledged she had "an intimate relationship" with Hart that apparently was partially captured on the video. Sabbag said flatly, "I am not an extortionist. I had nothing to do with these recordings." She says she has not been contacted by law enforcement yet, but Bloom said they are going to cops immediately. Bloom said her client is not demanding money from Kevin, whom she says is also a victim. Our photog asked about our story ... that Sabbag's previous lawyer told Kevin's people she would take a lie detector test if they paid her $420,000. Bloom said "She is not demanding money." She did not address the issue of the prior demand with respect to the lie detector. #TMZ #MontiaSabagg #LisaBloom #KevinHart @queenkongie
The lawsuit also claims that Hart "conspired" with Jackson "for the purpose of obtaining tremendous financial benefit for himself" by attracting publicity for Hart's Irresponsible Tour. The lawsuit also states that Hart wanted to drum up "additional publicity and media attention" with the video and "increase his overall pop culture status."
In 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office filed charges against Jackson for attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Prosecutors stated Jackson tried to sell the tape to several celebrity news websites after Hart declined to pay Jackson the undisclosed amount of money he had demanded. He plead not guilty to the charges; however, the case is still ongoing.
After the sex tape became public, Hart apologized to his wife, Eniko Hart, and kids, on social media, saying, "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. And recently, I didn't. You know, I'm not perfect. I'm not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form."
"I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that, I know that I'm going to hurt the people closest to me, who've I talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids," he added.
At the time, Bloom said via Twitter that she and Sabagg were happy that the alleged extortionist had been brought to justice, emphasizing that her client had fully cooperated with the police since the beginning. The model also stated that she had no intention of suing Hart, whom she considered to also be a victim of the extortion plot.
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Meanwhile, sources told TMZ that Hart has been working with the district attorney’s office on the case against Jackson. As of now, Hart's attorneys, according to sources, reportedly refused to give into Sabbag’s demands and insist there will not be a settlement.