Actor Terrence Howard was ordered Tuesday to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife after she claimed he repeatedly threatened and hit her during their marriage.
Terrence Howard denies the allegations.
Judge Scott Gordon granted the restraining order requested by Michelle Howard after she filed a lengthy declaration alleging abuse that began within a week of the couple’s January 2010 marriage. Michelle filed for divorce 1 year later.
According to Michelle Howard, her husband Terrence, 42, has repeatedly hit her and even threatened her in a text message last week. In her sworn affidavit, she states that she is in constant fear of Terrence, and his behavior has caused her to have chronic health issues.
But Terrence Howard denies all of her allegations, stating in his sworn affidavit, that he has never threatened his wife and that she repeatedly vows to ruin his reputation and release private details.
“I live in constant fear of Michelle’s endeavors to ruin my reputation; even providing this declaration may well lead to my being subjected to a paparazzi blitz which would not be good for my career,” Terrence wrote.
Michelle Howard claims that Terrence has hit her several times and threatened to throw her from a hotel balcony in South Africa last year. She included a text message she said he sent to her on Thursday in which he begged her not to pursue the divorce and threaten his career, ending the text with, “I can’t promise how I will respond.”
Terrence Howard wrote in his filing that he immediately followed up that message with another text stating that he wasn’t threatening her.
“Despite my efforts to remove myself physically from his life, his periodic mood swings from anger, threats and violence to statements of love and requests for reconciliation continue and have not subsided,” she wrote.
Michelle has accused Terrence Howard of:
— smacking her in the face and chipping her tooth with his wedding ring
— throwing her down to the ground in a parking lot
— telling her, “I’ll hit a woman quicker than I’d hit a man”
— saying, “If you tell anyone about my personal business, I will kill you and no one will ever know.”
— screaming, “B*tch, walk home. That’s my car, I pay for it.”
Howard claims Michelle is doing this for the fame and has been threatening to “release private materials for her own personal financial gain” unless he pays her money.
Terrence Howard appeared in “The Best Man, the first “Iron Man” film and received an Oscar nomination in 2005 for his role in “Hustle and Flow.”
The restraining order remains in effect until a Jan. 17 court hearing.