Terrence Howard Wins Spousal Support Case

August 24, 2015  |  

A decision has been reached in the tumultuous court battle involving Terrence Howard and his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent.

Monday, Judge Thomas Trent Lewis ruled in the “Empire” actor’s favor, deciding that the ex couple’s original spousal support agreement is null and void because Howard signed it under duress.

“Today’s ruling … recognizes that divorce decrees signed with a proverbial gun to one’s head cannot withstand judicial scrutiny,” Howard’s attorney Brian Kramer said in a statement, according to People.

As you may recall, Howard claimed that Ghent forced him to sign the agreement—which granted her 5 years of spousal support when she was really only entitled to six months’ worth—by blackmailing him with photos and videos. Though Judge Lewis is not under the impression that Howard is an innocent victim in all of this, he found Ghent’s actions to be unacceptable.

“Terrence Howard is a bully,” Lewis said while delivering his verdict. “[But] just because you’re a bully, doesn’t mean you can be bullied.”

“I could not be any more pleased by today’s ruling,” Howard said in a statement. “I am grateful to my [attorney and his team,] whose skill and tireless efforts enabled me to secure this terrific ruling from the Court.”

The former couple must now return to court to establish a new spousal support agreement. Only God knows how that’s going to turn out.

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