To avoid paying money in the sum of millions, some American celebrities have decided to bite the bullet and confess to their wrongdoings.
One of the banes of being a celebrity is having everyone in your business. Even when you shut your doors and step away from the public eye, the curiosity still remains.
Privacy is very difficult to maintain for celebrities. With the fame, power, success and popularity also comes vulnerability. This vulnerability leads them into the hands of blackmailers who could decided to ruin their public image with the information they have.
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, American comedian Kevin Hart was forced to confess to an allegation of him possibly cheating on his wife.
Hart did this to get away from extortionist who wanted to make money from him for his mistake.
“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back,” Hart said in an Instagram video post.
“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 I’ve talked to and apologized to, that would be my wife and my kids,” he said. (It’s still unclear what exactly offense Hart was apologising for).
In July, 2017, rumors emerged that the ‘Ride Along’ actor had cheat on his pregnant wife Eniko Hart when photos of him sitting in a car with an unidentified woman emerged.
According to American online tabloid TMZ, the extortionist demanded for millions of dollars. This case is currently being investigated by the FBI.
The reason why Kevin Hart confessed to this was to avoid any form of financial blackmail from the parties involved and those would like to take advantage of the situation.
“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,” Hart said.
Last year, Forbes named Kevin Hart as one of the highest paid comedians in the game; with a net worth of $120 million according to Celebrity networth.
In recent times, Hart is not the only one who has opened up on his private affairs to avoid blackmail. Many others have done so and confessed to embarrassing stories of cheating, health issues and even sexual preferences just to shake off extortionist.
In 2015, Charlie Sheen confessed to having HIV after being pestered by blackmailers. The American sitcom star revealed to NBC’s Today’s Show host Matt Lauer that he had paid “enough to take it into the millions” to keep people from going public about his illness. “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub truths,” he said in November, 2015.
He said when he revealed his HIV status to friends it became his problem because they began blackmailing him over it. “I trusted them, they were in my inner circle and thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason,” he said.
He shared that a prostitute he hired had taken a picture of his medication and threatened to sell it to newspapers. “I think I release myself from this prison today,” he said on the show.
In 2009, late night show host David Letterman also confessed publicly to having sexual relations with some of his staff. Letterman was forced to do this when his blackmailer asked him for $2 million.
For many celebrities having a positive reputation is required for their brands as this makes them marketable.
However, improvement in technology and the fact that almost everyone has access to a mobile phone with a camera and recording apps leaves celebrities always on their guard these days as there some who would take advantage of any negative situation or image damaging circumstances to make some quick money.
Hon. Omogbolahan Alaba is a Business Development Manager at Realxtremely Media Network. He is passionate for broadcasting and narrowcasting information over the internet. He is a politician, computer guru, IT Specialist and public speaker.