Although Terrence Howard recorded a legal victory over his ex-wife Michelle Ghent, he was described by the Judge in L.A.’s Superior Court as a ‘bully’.
The Empire star has been in a running legal battle with Ghent over spousal support payments. She already receives $5,800 per month but wanted more because Howard’s career has taken off since appearing in Fox’s hit show.
Based on evidence that showed that Michelle “exerted coercive control over Terrence,” the judge ruled that Terrence’s claim “that he felt threatened” was “credible.”
Although the Judge’s decision was in Howard’s favor, tossing the spousal support agreement that he claimed was signed under duress, he did take a swipe at the actor’s character.
“Terrence is a bully, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be bullied. Terrence has an unrelenting pattern of styling himself as the victims of rampant racism and unfair allegations about him,” the Judge wrote.
“A very accomplished actor, Terrence tried to minimize his conduct in past events including an incident on a Continental airline flight. However poorly Terrence may have acted in other settings, he was the only witness to testify concerning the telephone call between Terrence and Michelle.”
E! News reports that Ghent has issued a response to the judge’s ruling via her lawyer, writing that she and her legal team were “disappointed” with the outcome. “Despite specifically finding that Terrence Howard was a ‘bully’ who was not credible in multiple respects, the Court granted Mr. Howard’s request to set aside the judgment,” Ghent’s attorney wrote.
“We are, of course, disappointed with the Court’s ruling today. Both during and after their marriage, Mr. Howard physically beat and emotionally abused Michelle Ghent, establishing a pattern that continued throughout the marriage resulting in the issuance of multiple domestic violence restraining orders against him.”
Ghent, who has previously filed a lawsuit against Howard for assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation hopes to challenge the court’s ruling, while Terrence himself has remain mum.