Hollywood, CA – Terrence Howard received a double-whammy of bad news on Tuesday. First, he learned that he would be sued by his ex-wife for assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress as well as defamation. His ex-wife claims that Howard assaulted her during a trip to Costa Rica in 2013.
The complaint alleges that Howard committed “assault and battery” on his ex-wife on the evening of July 29, 2013 and claims that he “followed Plaintiff into the restroom of the rental house and punched her on the left side of her face.
“Defendant also grabbed Plaintiff by her neck and pushed her against the bathroom wall and strangled her for several seconds,” the complaint alleges.
The filing also claims that Howard “grabbed her neck again and pinned her against the shower glass and her head hit the wall” before Howard’s son Billy rushed to the room and tried to restrain him.
“While Billy tried to pry Defendant’s hands from Plaintiff’s neck, Defendant whispered to Plaintiff, ‘Remember what I told you in Bora Bora? That is what I’m gonna do,’ referring to a prior instance where Defendant told Plaintiff that her body would never leave the island,” the complaint states. “Plaintiff interpreted the reference to mean that Defendant was going to kill her.”
Later that evening, per the complaint, Howard attempted to assault Ghent again, at which point she pepper-sprayed him in the face. “Defendant continued swinging his arms and caused Plaintiff to fall down. While Plaintiff was on the ground, Defendant repeatedly mule-kicked Plaintiff in the head and shoulders,” states the complaint.
The filing also alleges that Ghent suffered from multiple contusions and swelling as a result of the alleged battery in addition to bruises all over her body.
This is amazingly the sixth time Howard has been accused of beating up a woman.
Empire producers met privately behind-the-scenes before issuing their statement to the media:
“WE REFUSE TO HAVE A MEMBER OF OUR CAST RUNNING AROUND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS STILL ACTING LIKE HE’S DJAY IN HUSTLE AND FLOW. AS OF TODAY, TERRENCE HOWARD WILL NO LONGER BE A PART OF EMPIRE.”