A man accused of trying to extort Kevin Hart with a surreptitiously recorded video tape has been charged with two crimes, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday.
According to the DA’s office, Jonathan Todd Jackson, a/k/a Action Jackson, has been charged with one count each of attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter.
Jackson faces up to four years in county jail if convicted as charged.
Jackson is accused of trying to coerce Hart to pay him for a video that was surreptitiously recorded last year. According to prosecutors, Jackson allegedly had a videotape of Hart with a woman in Las Vegas.
After allegedly trying to extort an undisclosed amount of money from Hart between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30, 2017, Jackson then allegedly tried to sell the recording to numerous celebrity news websites.
Jackson is expected to be arraigned Wednesday. Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $100,000.