J.T. Jackson Was Kevin Hart’s Friend Who Was Accused of Extortion in 2018

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Getty J.T. Jackson pictured in 2017.

Jonathan Todd “J.T.” Jackson is Kevin Hart’s former friend who was accused of extortion in 2018 after a sex tape allegedly featuring the comedian surfaced. Prior to the extortion case, Jackson, a native of University City, Missouri, had been considered a well-connected member of Hart’s entourage.

The sex tape had been filmed in August 2017 in Las Vegas. The woman in the video later identified herself as Montia Sabbag.

The incident and the fallout are covered in Hart’s 2019 Netflix documentary, “Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up.” Jackson is not named in the film.

Here’s what you need to know:


Hart Said He Was in ‘Complete Disbelief’ When Jackson Was Charged in the Extortion Case

Kevin Hart Once Left Alleged Extortionist JT Jackson in the Dust | TMZKevin Hart once had a fun night guys' night out on the town with JT "Action" Jackson — the guy charged with extorting Kevin in the sex tape case — and a TMZ photog captured the whole hilarious scene. SUBSCRIBE: http://po.st/TMZSubscribe About TMZ: TMZ has consistently been credited for breaking the biggest stories dominating the entertainment news landscape and changed the way the public gets their news. Regularly referenced by the media, TMZ is one of the most cited entertainment news sources in the world. Subscribe to TMZ on YouTube for breaking celebrity news/ gossip and insight from the newsroom staff (TMZ Chatter & TMZ News), the best clips from TMZ on TV, Raw & Uncut TMZ paparazzi video (from TMZ.com) and the latest video from TMZ Sports and TMZ Live! Keeping Up with Our YouTube Exclusive Content: TMZ Chatter: TMZ newsroom staff insight and commentary from stories/ photos/ videos on TMZ.com TMZ News: The latest news you need to know from TMZ.com Raq Rants: Raquel Harper talks to a celebrity guest with ties to the hip hop and R&B communities. Behind The Bar Podcast: TMZ's lawyers Jason Beckerman and Derek Kaufman loiter at the intersection of law and entertainment, where they look closely at the personalities, events and trends driving the world of celebrity — and how the law affects it all. We love Hollywood, we just have a funny way of showing it. Need More TMZ? TMZ Website: http://po.st/TMZWebsite LIKE TMZ on Facebook! http://po.st/TMZLike FOLLOW TMZ on Twitter! http://po.st/TMZFollow FOLLOW TMZ on Instagram! http://po.st/TMZInsta TMZ on TV & TMZ Sports on FS1 Tune In Info: http://po.st/TMZOnAir TMZ is on iOS! http://po.st/TMZiOS TMZ is on Android! http://po.st/TMZonAndroid Got a Tip? Contact TMZ: http://po.st/TMZTip Check out TMZ Live, TMZ Sports and toofab! TMZ Live: http://po.st/TMZLiveWebsite Subscribe! TMZ Live: http://po.st/TMZLiveSubscribe TMZ Sports: http://po.st/TMZSportsWebsite Subscribe! TMZ Sports: http://po.st/TMZSportsSubscribe Toofab: http://po.st/toofabWebsite Subscribe! toofab: http://po.st/toofabSubscribe https://www.youtube.com/c/TMZ2018-05-03T19:30:01.000Z

At the time Jackson was formally charged in the case in May 2018 with sending a threatening letter and of extortion, Hart tweeted his disbelief. Hart wrote on Twitter, “Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW.” Jackson had been accused of releasing a video teaser for the sex tape.

The extortion charges against Jackson were dropped in October 2019. Jackson celebrated the dropping of those charges in an Instagram post that showed a screenshot of headline around the story. Jackson wrote in the caption, “I’ll just leave this right here. No plea deals no nothing.” Jackson goes on to say that he was framed for the crime.

At the time of writing, Jackson is still facing charges of unauthorized use of personal identifying information and concealing and selling stolen property. During the ordeal, Jackson has maintained his innocence. His lawyer, Jacob Glucksman, said that Jackson was the victim of an aggressive district attorney who wanted to make the most out of a celebrity case, according to Yahoo News.


One of JT Jackon’s Defenders Was ‘Criminal Minds’ Star Shemar Moore

Kevin Hart, J.T. "Action Jackson" Jackson, Damien Dante Wayans dine at MadeoKevin Hart, J.T. "Action Jackson" Jackson, Damien Dante Wayans all dined at Madeo restaurants… and the comedic actors joked with the paparazzi as they left! Follow Hollywood.TV on Facebook @ http://facebook.com/HollywoodAsItHappens2012-01-10T15:08:38.000Z

“Criminal Minds” star Shemar Moore commented on one of Jackson’s Instagram posts around the time of the arrest. Moore wrote, via The Root, “Maaaaan…. CLEAR YOUR NAME HOMIE!!!! You ain’t do this s**t this to Kevin. TALK TO EACH OTHER!!!!” Jackson starred in a 2017 episode of Moore’s CBS show, “SWAT,” according to Jackson’s IMDb page.


JT Jackson & Kevin Hart Met in 2003 When Jackson Was a Spokesman for Bacardi

Kevin Hart's Sex Tape Partner Says She's Vindicated by JT Jackson's Arrest | TMZMontia Sabbag, the woman in the sex tape with Kevin Hart, says JT Jackson was on her short list of people possibly behind the extortion … and now she feels fully vindicated. SUBSCRIBE: http://po.st/TMZSubscribe About TMZ: TMZ has consistently been credited for breaking the biggest stories dominating the entertainment news landscape and changed the way the public gets their news. Regularly referenced by the media, TMZ is one of the most cited entertainment news sources in the world. Subscribe to TMZ on YouTube for breaking celebrity news/ gossip and insight from the newsroom staff (TMZ Chatter & TMZ News), the best clips from TMZ on TV, Raw & Uncut TMZ paparazzi video (from TMZ.com) and the latest video from TMZ Sports and TMZ Live! Keeping Up with Our YouTube Exclusive Content: TMZ Chatter: TMZ newsroom staff insight and commentary from stories/ photos/ videos on TMZ.com TMZ News: The latest news you need to know from TMZ.com Raq Rants: Raquel Harper talks to a celebrity guest with ties to the hip hop and R&B communities. Behind The Bar Podcast: TMZ's lawyers Jason Beckerman and Derek Kaufman loiter at the intersection of law and entertainment, where they look closely at the personalities, events and trends driving the world of celebrity — and how the law affects it all. We love Hollywood, we just have a funny way of showing it. Need More TMZ? TMZ Website: http://po.st/TMZWebsite LIKE TMZ on Facebook! http://po.st/TMZLike FOLLOW TMZ on Twitter! http://po.st/TMZFollow FOLLOW TMZ on Instagram! http://po.st/TMZInsta TMZ on TV & TMZ Sports on FS1 Tune In Info: http://po.st/TMZOnAir TMZ is on iOS! http://po.st/TMZiOS TMZ is on Android! http://po.st/TMZonAndroid Got a Tip? Contact TMZ: http://po.st/TMZTip Check out TMZ Live, TMZ Sports and toofab! TMZ Live: http://po.st/TMZLiveWebsite Subscribe! TMZ Live: http://po.st/TMZLiveSubscribe TMZ Sports: http://po.st/TMZSportsWebsite Subscribe! TMZ Sports: http://po.st/TMZSportsSubscribe Toofab: http://po.st/toofabWebsite Subscribe! toofab: http://po.st/toofabSubscribe https://www.youtube.com/c/TMZ2018-05-04T23:28:32.000Z

In a 2014 interview with Regal Mag, Jackson said that he first met Kevin Hart around 2003 when Jackson was a spokesman for Bacardi rum. Jackson told the magazine that Hart was a big supporter of his career. Jackson says Hart told him, “Don’t ever give up if you’re talented. You’re gonna go through ups and downs [just] stick with it.”

During the interview, Jackson complained that there were few acting roles that suited him in Hollywood and that he would have to write his own material. Jackson said, “To be like the Redd Foxxes and Chris Tuckers and all that, I really feel that I will be there, [but] the only way I’ma get there is by doing my own thing. I’m not gonna get it through Hollywood, because they’re not writing the stuff for me to make it in that light.”

JT Jackson Talks Netflix's film "NAKED", Marlon Wayans & More (Netflix "NAKED" Premiere)On Friday June 30th during the 2017 Essence Festival Events, HHS1987's Terrell Thomas was on the scene at the Netflix "NAKED" Red Carpet to speak with the cast of the film. Netflix's film 'NAKED" is a film about a man named Rob (Marlon Wayans) who is madly in love and about to be married to (Regina Hall). Unfortunately, in the film he wakes up he's naked, stuck in an elevator and caught in a time loop. While on the Red Carpet, we caught up with one of the cast members of the film "NAKED" JT Jackson. JT Jackson spoke on his character Benny in the film. Benny is the best man who wants to get all the ladies but seems to having a hard time in the process. To keep it simple, JT Jackson said "his character is trying to get laid the entire movie and Marlon's character keeps messing that up". The Netflix "NAKED" Essence Festival Premiere interview was conducted by Terrell Thomas. The Netflix "NAKED" Essence Festival Premiere interview was shot by Jerry White. Follow on Twitter/ Instagram: @jtactionjackson @netflix @Eldorado2452 @HipHopSince1987 @JWhite_WCIC2017-07-13T16:18:18.000Z

At the age of 18, Jackson, a native of the St. Louis-area enlisted in the U.S. Navy, he told Regal Mag. Jackson said that he purposely got stationed in California so that he could further his acting career.


Jackson Is a Professional Bowler Having First Competed in 2005

J T "Action" Jackson's Bowling ReelBowling On ESPN2017-03-02T07:45:56.000Z

In June 2010 in a TMZ segment with Hart, Jackson showed of his Pro Bowling Association card. Following Jackon’s May 2018 arrest, Reuters referred to him as a “U.S. Pro Bowler.”

According to his PBA profile, Jackson lives in Sherman Oaks, California. Jackson has not competed since 2016 having made his first appearance in 2005. Jackson has earned a little over $3,000 in career earnings.


In 2013, Hart Demanded That Jackson Be Given a Starring Role in a Coke Zero Commercial

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Shortly after Jackson’s arrest, TMZ reported that Hart had often taken a central role in his former friend’s career. The site said that in 2013, as Hart was preparing to shoot a commercial for Coke Zero, the “Ride Along” star showed up on the day of filming and demanded that Jackson be given one of the principal roles in the commercial. TMZ says that this came with no prior warning and the shoot had to be rearranged to accommodate Jackson.

CBS News reports that in 2016, Jackson went on a rant on his Instagram page asking people to stop trying to connect with Hart.

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