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Kevin Hart Extortion Case Authorities Now Confident They'll Catch the Culprits

9/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Authorities who are on the hunt for the Kevin Hart extortionists now believe they will catch the culprits ... based on a treasure trove of evidence they've just seized.

TMZ broke the story, search warrants have already been executed and now we know the information authorities have amassed connects multiple people they believe were involved in the plot to squeeze 7 figures from Hart in return for keeping the sex tape secret.

We're told phone records seized are critical ... showing who called who and when. But we know authorities also have their sights set on cellphones and computer hard drives.

As for who the culprits are ... authorities are keeping that close to the vest, but we're told none of the suspects are part of Kevin's world. We're told there were a number of people partying with Kevin and sex tape partner Montia Sabbag, and most if not all of them knew her, but Kevin knew none of them.

We're told Sabbag and her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, are scheduled to meet with investigators, but not before next Wednesday. You would think they'd want to meet her earlier, but that's not the case.  

Our sources say investigators want to analyze all the information they get from the warrants before sitting with Sabbag, because they will help them hone in on the questions they want to ask her. Sabbag insisted at her news conference she was not part of the extortion plot.

Kevin Hart Search Warrants Served In Extortion Case

9/22/2017 3:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Authorities have already executed search warrants on multiple people suspected in the plot to extort Kevin Hart over the sex tape ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, a judge signed the warrants earlier this week and they were executed almost immediately. We're told the information and items seized have already yielded results and have helped close in on the people who demanded 7 figures from Hart to keep the tape silent.

We're told one of the key items is phone records, but also computer hard drives and other electronics.

The investigation is full steam ahead. 

Kevin Hart's Sex Tape Partner She Works the Pole But Just for Fun

9/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart's sex tape partner has big stripper moves ... and she's even armed with an official license to strip.

Montia Sabbag showed up some pretty impressive pole action at The Golden Banana strip club in Boston, where she bartended between 2011 and 2013. We're told the video was shot after hours and was just for giggles.

Montia said in her news conference Wednesday with her attorney, Lisa Bloom, she's not a stripper. Turns out, she has an official adult entertainment license in Nevada, which gives her the right to work in any capacity in a strip joint. So if she wanted to work the pole for more than just fun, she could.

Gotta say ... she could make a living.

As we reported ... Montia denies any involvement in the extortion plot against Kevin ... even though we're told her first lawyer requested hundreds of thousands from his team to take a lie detector test. Her new attorney says her client is now going to cops to help catch the real perps. 

As for Montia ever stripping for real? She says it ain't for her. Definitely could be, though, as far as the state of Nevada's concerned. 

Dave Chappelle Honors Bro Code for Kevin Hart

9/22/2017 6:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Good luck trying to get Dave Chappelle to chime in on Kevin Hart's drama... homie don't play that.

We got the Dave at Georgetown in D.C. and we wanted to know if he thinks Kevin's gonna have to address his indiscretions straight-up or not. As you're very much aware by now ... Kevin's in the middle of a sex tape extortion case.

Dave doesn't even let our guy finish the question before getting all diplomatic on us ... but he does share what Kevin's an expert at.

Kevin Hart's Sex Tape Partner Not Sweatin' Sex Tape, Extortion ... Just Casually Checking Mail

9/21/2017 8:56 AM PDT

Kevin Hart's sex tape partner, Montia Sabbag, doesn't look the least bit concerned about the extortion investigation ... in fact, she's taking a totally casual approach as she kicks it in L.A.

Montia was at a home in the L.A. area Wednesday just hours after she held a news conference with celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom to publicly deny any wrongdoing, and declare she was also victimized by the sex tape recording. 

She was rocking a far more casual look -- a midriff-baring pink sweatsuit -- than the all-business blouse she wore at the newser. As for her weekend in Las Vegas with Kevin ... seems mum's the word, at least when her attorney isn't present.

Mike Epps Hey Kevin, Jesus Died for Our Sins ... Now Keep It In Your Pants!

9/21/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Epps has some sage advice for Kevin Hart from a spiritual outlook, and also on a physical tip.

We got the comedian Wednesday at LAX, where he reflected on Kevin's sex tape extortion scandal ... saying he -- like other rich, famous men -- has to keep an eye out for vultures.

Then he dragged Jesus into it, and reassured Kevin it's okay to screw up every now and then. Mike's best advice though comes on the heels of his own divorce.

Pay attention Kev, here's the Epps' golden rule to dodging messy breakups.

It's simple, but perhaps too late.

Lisa Bloom Kevin Hart Accused My Client of Extortion

9/20/2017 11:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Attorney Lisa Bloom seems to say Kevin Hart contacted her client and accused her of being the extortionist behind the sex tape.

Lisa just spoke with Harvey Levin on "TMZ Live" and said she believes Kevin may have contacted her client once, but Montia Sabbag vigorously denied any allegation of being the extortionist.

Bloom also says the sex scene in the bedroom does indeed seem to be the liaison between Kevin and her client, which she said lasted a weekend.

She explains how her client met Kevin and also says Montia has a suspicion as to the identity of the extortionists. She will be sharing that with cops.

Kevin Hart Extortion Case Search Warrants are Being Written

9/20/2017 10:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Law enforcement officers have been busy writing multiple search warrants Tuesday as they hone in on the people they believe are the extortionists in the Kevin Hart sex tape investigation ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources say the declarations in support of the warrants will outline reasons they believe their targets may be the ones who contacted Kevin's people and made 8-figure demands in return for keeping the tape under wraps.

We're told the warrants, which still need to be signed by a judge, will ask permission to seize cell phones, computers and other electronic devices. As we reported, the extortion demands were sent by emails that were encrypted.

Authorities believe the sex video was shot on an iPhone, so authorities are particularly interested in that device.

Montia Sabbag, Kevin's sex partner, maintains she's a victim who had no knowledge she was being recorded in Kevin's Vegas hotel room. As we reported, cops have their suspicions but we don't know if she is one of the search warrant targets.

Kevin Hart Woman in Car Photos Says I'm Not the One in the Extortion Video

9/19/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A woman Kevin Hart was photographed with earlier this summer has now been accused of being at the center of his extortion video ... but she's calling BS, and our information is also that she's not the woman in the video.

Monique "Momo" Gonzalez, a Miami based singer, has been raked over the coals online ever since Kevin's apology video and extortion case came to light over the weekend ... with lots of folks saying she's the lady with whom Kevin allegedly cheated.

Monique's saying its absolutely untrue, and sources close to Kevin back that up. She says she never hooked up with Hart.

A rep for the singer tells TMZ ... despite photos that surfaced in July showing them in a car together, their interaction that night was strictly a friendly convo ... nothing more.

As we reported ... the woman who's pictured with Kevin in the video has demanded lots of cash to take a lie detector test.

The L.A. County D.A. is on the case and honing in on at least one suspect.

Kevin Hart's Wife I Plead the 5th

9/18/2017 1:03 PM PDT

Eniko Parrish isn't shying away from cameras in the wake of Kevin Hart apologizing to her for getting into a bad "situation" -- but she's also not throwing him under the bus.

Eniko, who's in her third trimester, was out running errands Monday in Beverly Hills ... just as we imagine she would on any other day. Photogs fired off a series of questions about Kevin getting extorted -- as TMZ first reported someone demanded 8 figures to keep a sexually explicit video under wraps.

Eniko was also asked if she's even spoken to Kevin yet.

No reply from Mrs. Hart, but for what it's worth ... she was still wearing her ring.

Kevin Hart I'm Smiling Through Extortion Plot ... It's My Job!

9/18/2017 12:19 PM PDT

Kevin Hart isn't missing a beat when it comes to making money ... extortion plot, be damned.

In fact, Kevin was all smiles Monday morning on the set of "Night School," which is currently shooting in Clayton, Georgia. His face didn't show any tension about the fact someone tried to get up to 8 figures from him to keep a video of him allegedly cheating under wraps.

As TMZ first reported, authorities are on the case and closing in on a suspect.

Kevin seems confident. Or he's just a really good actor.

Kevin Hart Extortion Video Woman in Photo Wants $$$ for Lie Detector

9/18/2017 9:37 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman photographed with Kevin Hart in the extortion video is the one who agreed to sit for a lie detector test ... for a price.

TMZ broke the story ... someone involved in the case agreed to sit for a lie detector test, but only if Kevin anted up in the mid-6 figures.

We now know the woman pictured in the video hired a lawyer who contacted Kevin's people and made the lie detector money request.

We're told authorities have been honing in on at least one suspect, but it's unclear if the woman in the video is in the crosshairs of authorities. It's possible -- emphasis on possible -- she was a victim and someone planted the iPhone in the bedroom.

We're told as of now, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigations has taken a lead role in the investigation.

Kevin Hart 'I'm a Married Man' Swears Off ATL Strip Clubs

9/18/2017 6:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart was keeping a secret Friday in Atlanta when he told our photog he has no desire to hit up the city's world-famous strip clubs, 'cause he's a happily married man.

Kevin spoke to our photog hours before he issued an apology to his pregnant wife and kids for getting in a sticky situation. TMZ broke the story on Sunday, the "situation" was an extortion plot in which someone was demanding as much as 8 figures to keep a sexually explicit video under wraps.

As we reported, the video starts with a pic of Kevin snuggling with a woman, and then it cuts to a bedroom where you see a bed and hear what appears to be people having sex, although you don't see the people. The video then cuts again to a naked man walking in the bedroom who definitely looks like Kevin. The FBI is on the case.

So Kevin knew everything when he spoke with our photog, which makes his response all the more interesting.

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