Kevin Hart has admitted he has had a “tough year” following his extortion scandal over a sexually suggestive video.
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor — who is married to Eniko Parrish — has admitted the past year has been difficult for him after he was targeted in an extortion attempt over a video that allegedly showed him being “sexually provocative” with another woman.
When asked by “Extra” what he wanted for Christmas, the 38-year-old actor — who recently welcomed his first child with Parrish, a son named Kenzo, into the world — said: “Have I been naughty or nice? That’s definitely a tough question for Kevin Hart right now, it was a tough year for me. I had some bumps in the road. But the good thing is you take great steps backward to take great steps forward. So now, I’ve recovered from some not nice times and now what I basically want is for Santa to know that I’m doing good and I’m doing better. Just to know I’m a good guy.”
It isn’t the first time Hart — who also a 12-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son with ex-wife Torrei — has spoken about the scandal, as he first revealed the plot when he sent “many apologies” to his wife and children in an emotional Instagram post, in which he discussed his “mistakes” and claimed there was someone trying to make “financial gain” from his past antics.
He said at the time,”I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back. 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. And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who’ve I talked to and made apologies to, that would be my wife and my kids.
“And I just, you know, it’s a s—ty moment. It’s a s***ty moment when you know you’re wrong and there [are] no excuses.
“At the end of the day, man, I just simply have got to do better. But I’m also not going to allow a person to have financial gain off of my mistakes and in this particular situation that was what was attempted. I said I’d rather ‘fess up to my mistakes.”