Photo: Jonathan Todd Jackson
LOS ANGELES – “Action Jackson,” Jonathan Todd Jackson (dob 3/4/77) is facing a possible maximum four-year sentence in county jail for threatening extortion and trying to sell a video of actor Kevin Hart with a woman in Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced yesterday evening that Jackson “was charged today with trying to coerce actor Kevin Hart to pay him for a video that was surreptitiously recorded last year.”
Deputy District Attorney Rouman Ebrahim of the Cyber Crime Division is prosecuting the case, whereby “Jackson is accused of trying to extort an undisclosed amount of money from Hart between Aug. 25 and Aug. 30, 2017. Jackson allegedly had a videotape of the actor with a woman in Las Vegas and then is accused of trying to sell the recording to numerous celebrity news websites.”
Charges in case BA467710 include one count each of attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. Arraignment will take place in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
Prosecutors are recommending that bail be set at $100,000, while the case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights. On Wednesday morning Hart tweeted -“Mind blown…Hurt…at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW”