Terrence Howard Divorce Settlement Overturned After Judge Finds “Extortion” Played Role
Terrence Howard had his 2012 divorce settlement with ex-wife Michelle Ghent overturned when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge found the actor signed the agreement as a result of “extortion” and “duress.” Judge Thomas Trent Lewis agreed with Howard’s contention that out of fear he signed the divorce settlement, which allows Ghent a portion of his “Empire” earnings, because she threatened to publicly leak a video of him nude, as well as taped phone sex calls he had with different women.
As a result of Monday’s ruling, the judge has ordered Howard and Ghent to renegotiate the financial terms of their split. 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.
In his ruling the judge noted, “There’s no question in my mind Terrence Howard is a bully,” but expressed, “Just because you’re a bully doesn’t mean you can’t be bullied.”
As Gossip Cop has previously reported, Howard and Ghent were married in 2010, but had a nasty public split the following year. At the time, she claimed the actor threatened to kill her and obtained a restraining order, which is still in force. Ghent also publicly accused her ex of beating her up during a family trip to Costa Rica. Howard has denied the allegations.
Howard was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for his work in the movie Hustle & Flow. Gossip Cop reached out to a rep for Howard.