The Blast: 'Jumanji' Actor Kevin Hart Hits Back at Ex-Business Partner's $952K Demand, Asks Judge to Shut It Down
Kevin Hart is reportedly hitting back at his former business partner’s demand for close to $1 million in damages. He also wants the court to throw out the motion.
Even though he’s currently recovering from serious car crash injuries, Hart still has some legal issues to deal with.
Most recently, the actor/comedian filed court documents challenging his former partner iGo Marketing & Entertainment’s demand for $952,793.54, The Blast reports.
In August, iGo was awarded $701,593.73 in a lawsuit they initiated against Hart two years ago. After the judgment, the company filed for the amount to be increased to $952,793.54, claiming the judge miscalculated the damages.
Hart, 40, is now reportedly firing back in new court documents, asking the judge to disregard iGo’s demands and insisting the initial $701,000 judgment was accurate.
Sabbag claimed she was filmed without her knowledge by the actor and several others
"The entire premise of the plaintiff’s argument is false and specious," Hart’s documents state.
iGo’s lawsuit with Hart reportedly had to do with a deal both parties entered into several years ago. The company claimed they agreed to negotiate marketing and celebrity tie-in deals on Hart’s behalf in exchange for 15% on each deal.
The company claims in their lawsuit that Hart made good on several deals but faulted on one with Rally Healthcare in 2015. According to iGo, the Rally Healthcare deal had a three-year duration, and Hart was to be paid partly in cash and part in stock options.
The "Night School" actor and iGo reportedly went separate ways in 2015, but the marketing company claimed that was no reason for him to stop paying the commission on deals they already established.
iGo accused Hart of not paying them their 15% on the third-year option of the agreement or for the value of the stock option. They sued for breach of contract in 2017 and demanded at least $1.8 million from the actor.
In Hart’s response to iGo’s lawsuit, the stand-up comedian claimed he never had a written agreement with the company, adding that since the third-year option to the Rally deal did not materialize until they parted ways, he did not owe iGo 15% of the money.
Eventually, the judge ruled in iGo's favor, awarding them $701,000+ in damages, but now that they’re trying to up the amount, Hart is fighting back as well.
MORE LEGAL TROUBLE
iGo's request to have the damages award increased was reportedly filed days after Hart left the hospital where he received treatment for severe back injuries sustained in a September car crash. A judge is yet to rule on the motion.
Montia Sabbag sued comedian Kevin Hart for emotional distress & invasion of privacy. https://t.co/eyV1t7BP7h— Radar Online (@radar_online) September 23, 2019
Sabbag claimed she was filmed without her knowledge by the actor and several others who planned to use the publicity from the scandal to "promote [Hart’s] Irresponsible Tour."
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sabbag’s lawsuit was dismissed last week over technical legal issues, but she was given until September 30 to file an amended complaint.
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