For example, a judge threw out actor Terrence Howard’s divorce settlement because he concluded that his ex-wife was blackmailing him by threatening to leak nudes and tell everyone he gave her an STD.
Howard contended he signed a 2012 settlement to end his marriage to Ghent out of fear she would leak private details about him, including phone sex recordings with other women and a video of him dancing naked in a bathroom.
Although Terrence Howard is currently wrapped up in litigation with his second wife Michelle Ghent, he’s going through it with his current – well, now third ex-wife Mira Pak. The couple will have to negotiate their agreement. The decision capped a four-day court proceeding that played out like its own primetime soap opera, with revelations that Howard was allegedly physically abusive with his first wife, unfaithful to Ghent during their engagement, and recently split from wife number three.
Lewis also heard a 2011 call in which Ghent berated Howard and threatened to sell private information about him if he didn’t pay her money by the end of the day.
Howard told the sympathetic judge that he believed that the release of the private material would’ve ended his career.
The decide is predicted to render a choice in Howard’s case on Monday.
“There’s no question in my mind Terrence Howard is a bully”, Lewis said. They were married for 13 months when she filed for divorce in February 2011, and she got a restraining order against him later that year.
“Terrence Howard is a bully”, Lewis said while delivering his verdict.
His “Empire” character is a bigoted, homophobic music mogul who hits his children, and anticipation remains high for the series’ return on September 23. Howard has denied the allegations. He also caught her via a secret recording saying, “I can make a good $2 million right now”.
Despite an Oscar nomination for 2005’s “Hustle & Flow” and a role in the original “Iron Man”, but was replaced with Don Cheadle in the sequels.
“Today’s ruling … recognizes that divorce decrees signed with a proverbial gun to one’s head can not withstand judicial scrutiny”, Howard’s attorney Brian Kramer said in a statement, according to People.