In an extremely blunt interview with Rolling Stone, Terrence Howard spoke freely about witnessing his father kill a man. Howard was two years old at the time, and waiting in line with his 21-year-old father, his pregnant mother and two of his siblings when a man reportedly accused Howard’s father of cutting in front of him. The altercation took a violent turn, and Howard’s father, Tyrone Howard, used a nail file to repeatedly stabbed the man until he collapsed. Tyrone fled the scene but later turned himself in. The crime made national headlines as the “Santa Line Slaying.”
“I was standing next to my father, watching,” Howard recalled. “Then stuff happened so quickly — blood was on the coats, on our jackets — and then my dad’s on a table and then my dad is gone to prison.”
Howard then went on recite ideologies drilled into him by his father—including that society is no longer equipped to handle men.
“My daddy taught me, ‘Never take the vertebrae out of your back or the bass out of your throat. I ain’t raising sheep. I raised men. Stay a man.’ But being a man comes with a curse because it’s not a society made for men to flourish any more. Everything is androgynous, you know? The more successful men now are the effeminate.”
And speaking of his upbringing that apparently taught him that a man should never back down, the “Empire” star also candidly addressed the time he was arrested for hitting his first wife, Lori MCcommas (pictured above), in front of their children.
“She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids,” he said. “Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong.”
As for the incident where he was accused of assaulting his second wife, Michelle Ghent, in Costa Rica, Howard had this to say:
“She was trying to Mace me,” he says, “and you can’t see anything, so all you can do is try to bat somebody away, and I think that something caught her. But I wasn’t trying to hit her.”
Howard also discussed his mother’s reevaluation of her initial decision to abort him and offered a bizarre tale about his first heartbreak that he says was initiated by his childhood girlfriend’s participation in group sex.
“She ended up having a gangbang and called me laughing with her friends on speakerphone, and I was crying because of what had happened to my girl, not knowing that this was something she wanted. Before Mira, I always picked the wrong women,” he said.
Read Howard’s full interview here. Brace yourselves.