Kevin Hart Sues YouTuber Tasha K for Extortion Over Explosive Interview

Kevin Hart and Tasha K (Credit: Deposit Photos and YouTube)

YouTuber Tasha K is at the center of another legal skirmish with a celebrity.

Kevin Hart filed an extortion lawsuit against the internet personality, born Latasha Kebe, on Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Los Angeles Superior Court.

According to the lawsuit obtained by The Blast, Hart alleged Tasha K demanded $250,000 in exchange for not posting a bombshell interview with his former assistant, Miesha Shakes.

The suit alleged the YouTuber sought a “ransom” to bury the interview.

It added that Shakes worked for Hart’s production company between 2017 and 2020, and signed a non-disclosure agreement with the comedian.

The lawsuit said Hart’s legal team contacted police and sent a cease and desist letter to Tasha K on Nov. 22, 2023.

The letter warned, “You have already engaged in criminal conduct and tortious acts that would entitle Mr. Hart to monetary damages against you should he elect to commence civil litigation regarding this matter. To the extent that you do not cease and desist now, your liability for such monetary damages will increase, as will your exposure to criminal penalties.”

The cease and desist letter included a reminder about Shakes’ NDA and said publishing the interview “would constitute intentional interference with contractual relations.”

Tasha K posted a two-minute teaser from the interview on her “Unwine With Tasha K” YouTube channel on Dec. 22.

In the now-viral clip, Shakes alleged the married Hart is a serial “cheater” and “impregnated” one of his employees. Shakes said she warned the comedian’s wife Eniko Hart that he was stepping out with other women. She also alleged that Hart has a gambling addiction.

Tasha K then posted the full interview on her subscription-based website with the caption: “Kevin Hart’s Personal Assistant Tells All! Gambling Addict, Habitual Cheater, Paying Millions to a Man to Take DUI Charges for Him, & Framing Best Friend of 30 years in FAKE EXTORTION PLOT!”

The YouTuber spelled the former assistant’s name “Maesha Shakes” while the lawsuit lists her name as “Miesha Shakes.” Hart is also suing Shakes for breach of contract and defamation.

In a statement to People about the lawsuit, Tasha K told the outlet: “Watch the full interview on TashaKLive.com.” Shakes did not respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit marks Tasha K’s latest legal battle. In January 2022, the YouTuber was found liable for making defamatory comments about Cardi B and ordered to pay the rapper $3.4 million.