Kevin Hart is speaking out in response to leaked emails from Sony Pictures executives in which Screen Gems boss Clint Culpepper called him a "whore" for negotiating a higher salary. Hart, who has headlined a string of hit films for Screen Gems, a division of Sony, made it clear on Instagram today that he won't tolerate the disrespect.
“Knowing your self worth is extremely important, people,” the star wrote Thursday. “I worked very hard to get where I am today. I look at myself as a brand and because of that I will never allow myself to be taking [sic] advantage of."
Continues Hart, “I OWN MY BRAND…I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND….I PROTECT MY BRAND. Which is why I’m able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward."
“I refuse to be broken, people,” he concludes. “With that being said its now time for me to get back to building this empire that I’ve always dreamed of!”
Hart wasn't the only one revealed to be the subject of executive backstabbing — in fact, the actor's name came up in another salacious email chain. Earlier in the week, an exchange between producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal targeted President Barack Obama. When speculating what kinds of films President Obama watches, Rudin responded, "I bet he likes Kevin Hart."
Rudin and Pascal have both apologized for their comments in the leaked emails.
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