Kevin Hart, the comedian, actor and PokerStars ambassador who just recently suffered major back injuries in a car crash, is being sued over sex. Specifically, over a sex tape that he made with a model and which subsequently, somehow, made its way to the Internet. Model Montia Sabbag is suing for $60 million, and the case just got a little more interesting as she is now holding the Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas responsible, as well. Montia Sabagg, a 26-year-old resident of Long Beach, California, has denied any involvement in a criminal plot to extort money from the star of “Ride Along” and “Scary Movie III.”
Appearing with attorney Lisa Bloom by her side, Sabagg held a press conference Wednesday 18th September morning to proclaim that she had nothing to do with any video footage of the two engaged in sexual activity.
“I’m not an extortionist, I’m not a stripper,” Sabbag said. “I’m a recording artist and an actress and I’ve not broken any laws. I had nothing to do with these recordings.”
TMZ reported that Sabbag met Hart in August in the Marquis Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and that the FBI was investigating a multi-million blackmail attempt against actor related to a nearly 5-minute video.
The incident goes back to 2017 when the video first made. At the time, people who were near to Hart, Jonathan Todd Jackson, was said to have filmed Hart and Sabbag in a hotel room at the Cosmopolitan. Afterwards, he allegedly tried to extort money from Hart in exchange for the video being kept secret, but Hart refused, and the video was released. Now the FBI is inspecting whether the poker man and actor was being blackmailed when a video of him with another woman leaked online. Before holding name as an attorney, Sabbag had a previous lawyer who said her client would take a lie detector test if the actor paid her $420,000.
Sabbag is accusing him and Jackson of scoring the video as a publicity stunt and is suing for negligence, invasion of privacy and emotional distress.
Perhaps thinking that the presence of a high-profile gambling operation would help turn the case in her favor, the model has now added the Cosmopolitan to the list. The venue’s connection is weak, at best, and the model’s suit claims that it is “negligently or intentionally” liable because it allowed Jackson into Hart’s hotel room.
Hart responded to the leaks, recording a short video apologizing to his pregnant wife Eniko Parris and to his children from a previous marriage. The social media tweeted he was sorry.
“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back,” he said on Instagram video. “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.”
It is not the first time he has been caught in an extramarital affair. Hart’s ex-wife claimed he was cheating with Parris while they were married.
“Yes, people, I cheated. Am I ashamed of it? No, no I’m not,” he infamously said during “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.”
“Do I wish I could take it back? No, no I don’t.”
Sabbag has some big names on her side. Lisa Bloom, a well-known lawyer who went after now-deceased billionaire and reported pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on behalf of two of his victims. Additionally, she represented one victim who allegedly fell to the whims of the founder and former CEO of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn.
The Cosmopolitan has had to deal with several PR nightmares over the past couple of years. Several renowned celebrities have been caught for alleged cheating and stealing from the casino and, after Rapper Meek Mill was refused entry into the property this past May, Cosmo was forced to put its PR team in overdrive in order to prevent any additional consequence.