A federal judge has dismissed the $60 million sex tape lawsuit filed against Kevin Hart.
Hart’s ongoing legal dispute regarding him being accused of secretly recording his 2017 affair with Montia Sabbag has been dismissed by a federal judge. On Tuesday, the Blast reported that a California judge dismissed “all claims” against Hart. Sabbag sued Hart for $60 million in damages, alleging the comedian conspired with his former friend Jonathan Todd Jackson to secretly record their sexual encounter in order to leak the tape for publicity. This is the second time Sabbag has sued Hart over the allegations; her first case was also dismissed by a previous judge.
Now a new judge is making the same decision to drop the claims, saying Sabbag’s re-filing was “brought in the wrong venue.” “MS. SABBAG had no knowledge that the intimate activity depicted in the VIDEO was being recorded,” wrote the woman’s attorneys in their original complaint. “To the contrary, MS. SABBAG believed that such activity was completely private, and she had a reasonable expectation of her privacy in HART’S private bedroom suite at the COSMOPOLITAN, and she reasonably believed that her privacy was safe and protected at all relevant times.”
In turn, Hart, 40, argued that he was never served correctly with the appropriate court documents. The comedian said the authority responsible for serving him the papers threw them “out of a car window” and into his security guard’s face outside of his home. Complex reports the California judge has now ordered the case be dismissed without prejudice as of May 1 per court documents.