Comedian and actor Kevin Hart revealed that he was the victim of an extortion scheme after video surfaced of him cheating on his wife with another woman.
Hart, 38, posted an apology video to Instagram Sept. 17 in which he addressed his own issues of infidelity that surfaced in a cell phone video, according to the New York Daily News. It was during the apology that Hart claimed someone was targeting him for "financial gain" in order to withhold the cell phone video, but Hart stated he would rather come clean.
The FBI has launched an investigation into Hart's extortion claims and it appears they already have a suspect. TMZ reports that a source contacted the news station with the damning video evidence Sept. 16 after initially requesting millions of dollars from Hart to keep the video private.
In the video, a man that appears to be Hart can be seen getting close with a woman in a sexually provocative manner. Later, the video cuts to a man and woman in the bedroom but the man cannot be properly identified.
The FBI told TMZ they feel confident in knowing who made the demands to Hart's estate over the video, whether it was the person responsible for recording the video or someone who had possession of it.
People in Hart's camp say the iPhone video was taken as the phone was propped up against an object in the bedroom, and such recording without Hart's consent was illegal. They also say Hart was not the man in the bedroom, but rather another celebrity the woman had intimate contact with.
Hart, though, did admit to some form of indiscretion during his apology video.
"I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back,” said Hart in the video, according to People. "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. And I made a bad error in judgment and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did," he said.
He goes on to mention he made personal apologies to his wife, Eniko, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, and his other two children from a previous marriage.
Hart has faced cheating accusations in the past. A report surfaced in July that claimed Hart cheated with a woman he met in a Miami Beach nightclub. His ex-wife, Torrei Hart, also claimed that Kevin was cheating on her with Eniko while she and Kevin were still married.