Terrence Howard agreed to a 2012 divorce settlement together with his ex-wife after she threatened to leak particulars about his intercourse life, his lawyer stated Tuesday at a listening to on the actor’s efforts to overturn the settlement.
Yvonne Howard, the actor’s sister-in-law, additionally stated in a deposition learn in courtroom that Ghent had informed her that she had taken one of many actor’s cellphones that contained footage of him having intercourse.
“I will (expletive) bury you deep within the ground”, she’s heard saying in a recroding from 2011, USA Today reports.
According to Howard the statements by Ghent should be considered as extortion and requests the court to overturn their divorce.
At a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Aug. 11), Howard’s attorneys provided audio evidence that Ghent used the threat of releasing a video of Howard singing naked in the bathroom to extort $40,000 from the actor. All the blackmail accusations are denied by Ghent, who has in turn accused him of domestic violence.
Back in June 2013, Michelle filed legal documents alleging she was sucker punched by the actor, and claimed the argument occurred because he asked if they could rekindle their romance in the wake of their divorce.
Ghent also threatened Howard about his alleged affairs and that she had reported him to the Internal Revenue Service for improper deductions.
After the break, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Trent Lewis admonished Howard and briefly confiscated his cellphone so a deputy could verify the photos had been deleted.
The dispute has prompted 20th Century Fox, which produces “Empire“, to seek guidance on where to send Howard’s “Empire” earnings.
Howard received an Oscar nomination for his starring role in 2005’s “Hustle & Flow”.