Ft. Lauderdale, FL- It’s been three years since divorcing his second wife Michelle Ghent and getting dragged through the mud. Now actor Terrence Howard can move on after a judge overturned his divorce settlement with Ghent, finding that she coerced Howard into signing their divorce agreement.
In his decision Judge Thomas Trent Lewis said “evidence of extortion or duress was unrebutted” and overturned Howard’s costly divorce judgment. The judge found there was little doubt that Ghent used threats to obtain a generous divorce settlement from Howard, according to Billboard.
The ruling allows Howard and Ghent to renegotiate their divorce settlement and prevents Ghent from capitalizing on the success of her ex-husband’s wildly popular show “Empire.” Howard and Ghent landed in court again recently after there was a dispute over where to send Howard’s paycheck for the show.
In court, Howard’s divorce lawyer was able to show that Ghent used intimate photos of her estranged husband to extort the divorce settlement she wanted out him. Howard’s legal team was able to provide eyewitnesses accounts and secret audio recordings of Ghent’s threats and extortion. Because of those threats she got far more than she deserved for their meager year of marriage.
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