American comedian Kevin Hart has apologised to his wife and children in a bid to avoid “getting extorted” over an alleged video which puts him in a compromising situation.

The comic-actor said he would not allow someone extort him for “commercial gains”.

Hart took to Instagram to apologise to his pregnant wife Eniko Parrish and kids Heaven Hart and Hendix Hart.

“I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I have a target on my back and I should make smart decisions and recently I didn’t,” the comedian said in part in the video posted on Saturday.

“I made a bad error in judgement and put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And doing that I know that I am going to hurt the people closest to, whom I have talked to—my wife and my kids.”

Despite his rather vague apology, TMZ reports that a woman allegedly demanded money from the comedian after recording a “sexually suggestive” video of him and a woman.

“Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation,” the comedian’s representative was quoted as saying.

In recent months, infidelity rumours have trailed Hart like ant does sugar.

He got himself entangled in an alleged cheating controversy after photos of him and a mystery woman sitting together in the backseat of a car hit the internet.

Hart had laughed off the scandal by putting up a post that read: “At the end of the day, you just gotta laugh at the BS.”

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