Terrence Howard’s divorce settlement overturned
Terrence Howard’s divorce settlement with his second wife Michelle Ghent has been overturned by a judge.
The Empire actor split from his former spouse in February 2011, a little over a year after their marriage. Their divorce was finalised in May 2013 but on Monday, a judge ruled that their settlement should be overturned.
Terrence had argued that he had been coerced into signing the agreement by Michelle, who allegedly threatened to leak private details about him if he refused. These included phone sex recordings with other women and a video of him dancing naked in a bathroom.
Michelle denied the claims, and insisted she still be entitled to a share of her former husband’s earnings. However she was not allowed to testify at a recent hearing because her lawyers didn’t file a sworn declaration from her ahead of the proceedings.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Trent Lewis heard a 2011 call between the pair where Michelle threatened to sell the private information she had on the actor if he didn’t pay her by the end of the day.
Terrence’s accountant sent her $40,000 in “hush money” in response to the call.
Michelle also claimed that the actor had been violent towards her during their union, and while she has an active restraining order against him, he strenuously denies abusing her.
"The evidence of extortion or duress was unrebutted," Judge Lewis said, according to Fox News.
The decision means Terrence and Michelle will have to renegotiate the financial terms of their divorce.
It was revealed last week during the ongoing battle that the 47-year-old had also divorced his third wife, Mira Pak, who he married in October 2013. The couple have three-month-old son Qirin together.
- Cover Media