Actor Terrence Howard cried and begged a judge to cancel alimony settlement since his wife blackmailed him to sign the agreement. The “Empire” star tells the judge that his ex-wife threatened to leak damaging information about him in order to get him to sign a divorce settlement in 2012. Howard broke down while on the witness stand during a hearing, according to MSN on Friday.
The Oscar-nominated actor said he was afraid his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, would release details about his sex life. She has in her possession embarrassing audio and video recordings of him. Therefore, he’s trying to get the settlement overturn on the grounds that he signed it under duress because the release of the incriminating information would have ended his acting career. Surely, he would not have gotten the role of Lucious Lyon on the hit Fox series “Empire.”
TMZ reported that the 46-year-old actor literally cried on the witness stand Friday. Then he turned very angry and requested a break to compose himself. He showed a range of emotions while fighting to overturn his 2012 divorce agreement with ex-wife Michelle Ghent, 38. Tears flowed as he testified under oath that Ghent repeatedly threatened to release recordings of a sexual nature along with damaging medical information unless he gave her what she wanted. He was very transparent with that information. He said Michelle threatened to release to the public that he had herpes. It is interesting that Howard is releasing some of the information himself without the visuals. The actor allegedly danced around naked in a bathroom and is heard conducting phone sex with various women.
During the hearing, Ghent’s lawyers questioned Howard about his former arrests, his sexual relationships with other women during the couple’s engagement and claims he physically abused Ghent. He was also questioned about his suicide attempt in 2009. The attorney asked Howard if he gave his ex-wife an STD. Howard replied, “Yes I did. Or she gave it to me.” He did deny abusing her as she had claimed.
Howard admitted cheating on Ghent during their engagement with multiple women, claiming he and Ghent were not “sexually compatible.” He claimed he married her because she was a Jehovah’s Witness at the time, and he believed being with her could help him change his sexual appetite if they used biblical principles.
Howard is giving Ghent $5,800 a month in spousal support and a big amount of his “Empire” earnings. Because of the ongoing divorce dispute and settlement, 20th Century Fox is seeking information on where to send Howard’s “Empire” earnings. The couple married in 2010, and Ghent filed for a divorce a year later.