Actor Kevin Hart attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards cocktail party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

Actor Kevin Hart attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards cocktail party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

*Kevin Hart says there was “no need” for an apology from the Sony executive who called him a whore in a hacked email made public.

As previously reported, Sony’s Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper, referring to Hart’s desire to boost his $3 million salary, wrote in an email, “I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore.”

Hart shot back on Instagram: “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 taken advantage of. I OWN MY BRAND … I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND … which is why I’m able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward.”

A month after the exchange, Hart tells The Hollywood Reporter that Culpepper has apologized.

“I’ve talked to him. Clint called right after,” he said. “It’s not like I wanted to challenge him — that’s just how he talks. He did [apologize], but there was no need. When you negotiate, you say whatever you say.” He adds: “Nothing affected me. It’s very hard to put me in a negative position, man. I’m happy. And I’ll continue to be happy.”