It has been over a month now since comedian and actor Kevin Hart dropped out of the public eye following his harrowing car accident. When he, his driver and a mutual acquaintance were involved in a car accident that led to Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda running off the road and into embankment, the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star was taken to a hospital and reported to have undergone surgery for some significant injuries to his back. Aside from statements delivered to the public by his wife, Hart himself has been rather scarce; at least until Thursday when he finally spoke up about September 1.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Hart has now given his two cents on the car accident that landed him in surgery last month. It came in the form of a public statement delivered by his attorney, Andrew Brettler, on October 10, which also shed light on the actor’s two companions that fateful evening. Hart had been a passenger alongside Rebecca Broxterman while his Plymouth Barracuda was being driven by Jared Black. Black had been negotiating Mulholland Drive at Malibu Hills when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road onto an embankment.
“I have nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery,” Hart remarked in his statement. Both he and Black had sustained major back injuries in the accident, with Broxterman taking only minor scratches from the impact with the embankment. The California Highway Patrol report on the incident also noted that Black was not under the influence of alcohol at that time, ruling out intoxicated driving as the cause. Following Hart’s back surgery, he was discharged after a 10-day hospital stay and retired to a rehabilitation clinic to undergo physical therapy.
While in rehab, Kevin Hart’s ability to hype his upcoming film, the sequel “Jumanji: The Next Level” with Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, has been somewhat curtailed beyond a few promo shoots. While able to walk unaided, the comedian-actor needed more time to mend in his therapy, and spent a greater time sitting than on his feet. His lawyer Andrew Brettler gave his own remarks in that Hart does not see himself being fully qualified and physically ready to return to acting work until sometime late next year. His costars, who have already expressed their well-wishes alongside Hart’s other celebrity colleagues, will have to carry most of the day when “Jumanji: The Next Level” premieres on December 13.
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