After being charged with two counts of DUI, and sentenced to three years probation, Kevin Hart is taking his mistake and turning it into a positive.
During the 13th Annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Gala, HipHollywood caught up with Hart who responded to the recent incident. “It’s no joke. Drinking and driving isn’t something that should be played with,” the comedian shared.
“I’m glad that I got to learn my lesson in a way where no one was harmed, there were no casualties. It’s pretty much my stupidity that I’m learning from. And I think now knowing that, I know not to not only do it again, but I can be a voice to tell others,” Hart explained.
“I’m in a place where people do listen to me and I have a voice that can be heard. So I use it for positive things, and this right now can actually act as one of those things,” he said.
“One thing I do is definitely learn from my mistakes which is why you haven’t seen, or heard, anything of that sort from me thus far, and you won’t hear it again,” the actor told us.
“I’m a guy who stays out of trouble, so that was my smack on a face for some time. That’s gonna have to last me for the next 10-15 years before you see something bad with me again,” Hart shared.
On April 14th the Let Me Explain actor was spotted driving at nearly 98 mph in a black Mercedes on US 101. The 33-year-old was weaving in and out of traffic and almost ran into a gas truck. He was later sentenced to three years probation and ordered to complete three months of alcohol education classes.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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