Kevin Hart was not just allegedly extorted by someone looking to make a quick buck, it was someone close to the comedian and he feels completely betrayed.
Sources close to the "Jumanji" star tell us Jonathan Todd Jackson was deeply connected inside Hart's entourage. We're told he wasn't exactly a friend, but a close and trusted associate would best describe the relationship.
We're told that when Hart's legal team was first informed that Jackson was behind the scheme to bilk him out of millions of dollars, the comedian refused to believe that someone in his inner circle would go to such lengths to hurt him so deeply.
Hart wasn't the only celebrity Jackson had access too, because the guy posted photos from a ton of Hollywood events with celebs like The Rock, Josh Hutcherson, Marlon Wayans and Shemar Moore. He even once competed in a celebrity bowling event with a bunch of A-Listers.
Kevin Hart is obviously extremely upset about the news, saying "Mind blown...Hurt...at a lost for words and simply in complete disbelief at the moment. WOW"
As we reported, Jackson has been charged with one count each of attempted extortion and extortion by threatening letter. He's currently being held on $100,000 bail.