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In this June 6, 2015 file image, Terrence Howard goes to the 2015 Spike TELEVISION’s Guys Choice Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. Howard appeared in a L.a court on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, to try to overturn a 2012 settlement agreement in his divorce from his ex-wife Michelle Ghent.
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015|5:59 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– Terrence Howard consented to a 2012 divorce settlement with his ex-wife after she threatened to leak information about his sex life, his lawyer said Tuesday at a hearing on the star’s efforts to reverse the arrangement.
Lawyer Brian Kramer later on played audio of a 2011 telephone discussion between Howard and his ex-wife Michelle Ghent where she stated she would sell info if he didn’t pay her.
“I will certainly (curse) bury you deep within the ground,” Ghent is heard saying on the recording.
She stated she had video of Howard singing naked in the restroom and might offer the video footage for $2 million. She likewise described supposed affairs by the star and said she had called the Irs to report incorrect deductions.
After several minutes, Howard informs Ghent, “I’ll drain everything I got to care for it.”
His previous business supervisor Charles McBride affirmed that he sent out Ghent a $40,000 wire transfer later on that day. McBride called the payment “hush money.”
Yvonne Howard, the star’s sister-in-law, likewise said in a deposition checked out in court that Ghent had actually told her that she had taken among the actor’s cellphones which contained video of him making love.
Yvonne Howard stays in Florida and did not take a trip to L.a for the hearing.
Howard competes the statements by Ghent totaled up to extortion and that the divorce settlement ought to be reversed.
Ghent’s attorneys state she rejected the allegations during a deposition. Ghent has accused Howard of domestic violence and is also looking for money she says is owed under the settlement.
The Oscar-nominated star and star of the hit tv series “Empire” is anticipated to testify throughout the proceeding, which could end Monday.
Howard and Ghent were married in 2010 and she filed for divorce a year later.
The dispute has actually triggered 20th Century Fox, which produces “Empire,” to look for guidance on where to send his incomes from the program.
Judge Thomas Trent Lewis ruled that Ghent’s testament will be restricted since she did not submit particular pleadings before the hearing. The judge likewise said Howard might just present evidence of pressure and extortion attempts that occurred outside of the pair’s mediation in 2012.
The divorce arrangement gave Ghent numerous savings account and left Howard with obligation for several debts, including tax liens. It also called for him to pay his spouse a share of his earnings in spousal support.
Throughout the hearing, Howard received a sharp rebuke from Lewis after the judge found out Howard had actually snapped a photo of the courtroom audience, consisting of reporters covering the hearing.
“You people are always in my company, you do not want me in yours,” Howard told reporters prior to a break.
Lewis notified Howard that the image was a violation of court guidelines and cut the star off when he attempted to explain himself.
“Are we going to have this discussion once more, or are we done having this discussion,” Lewis asked Howard.
“We’re done having this discussion,” Howard said.
A couple of moments later on, another bailiff notified Lewis that the presiding judge desired Howard’s phone searched, which led to its quick confiscation while authorities figured out the photos had actually been deleted.
Howard got an Oscar nomination for his starring function in 2005’s “Hustle & & Circulation.”