On Sept. 1, 2019, comedian Kevin Hart was injured in a car accident in Malibu, California. Shortly after the news broke, rumors about Hart’s condition started to circulate online. The website LFR Solutions, for instance, published an article claiming that Hart had been paralyzed from the accident:
Early Sunday morning, Kevin Hart and two other passengers were involved in a major car wreck on Mulholland Highway, which left passengers injured and Kevin Hart paralyzed.
According to medical sources at UCLA Medical center, the comedian suffered trauma to the nerves in his spine and throat which have left him paralyzed from the neck down. In addition to being diagnosed with quadriplegia, he also suffered trauma in his neck, causing irreversible damage to his larynx, leaving both vocal cords paralyzed.
This is not a genuine news article. LFR Solutions is an entertainment website that does not publish factual stories. The website carries a disclaimer stating that all “stories posted on LFRSolutions.com are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical.”
Some readers missed this disclaimer, however, and spread this content as if it were real news.
One reason readers may have missed the disclaimer on the bottom of this fictitious article is that it is written in tiny font. Here’s a screenshot from LFR Solution’s that features a few related articles, an advertisement, and the website’s disclaimer beneath them:
Hart did suffer “major back injuries” after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda crashed into a ditch in Malibu, according to news reports. Hart, who was a passenger, underwent surgery. Hart’s wife, Eniko Hart, told TMZ after the surgery the comedian was “going to be just fine.”
TMZ broke the story … Kevin was miraculously able to walk away from the accident early Sunday morning on L.A.’s treacherous Mulholland Highway — with assistance from a bodyguard — but was rushed to a hospital with what cops called a “major back injury.”
A source connected to Kevin tells us doctors completed successful back surgery on Kevin Sunday evening. Another source told us the comedian is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a couple of days while he recovers.
Jared Black, the man who was driving Kevin’s vintage Plymouth Barracuda at the time of the accident, was pinned in the crushed vehicle and also seriously injured. He was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center and we’re told he’s surrounded by family members as he also recovers.
Cops say Jared’s fiance, celebrity trainer Rebecca Broxterman, was pinned in the backseat … but firefighters pulled her from the wreckage without major injuries.