Actor Terrence Howard Accused of Domestic Abuse, Again


Actor Terrence Howard

Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from his estranged wife, Michelle Howard, née Ghent. 


According to reports from several sources including the Washington Post and Huffington Post, the actor has been accused of physical and verbal abuse. Michelle claims to have been hit several times during the course of their marriage and said Howard threatened to throw her off a balcony while in South Africa.

In his response, the Oscar-nominated actor claims he “never threatened [his wife]” and lives “in constant fear of Michelle’s endeavors to ruin [his] reputation.”

This is not the first time Howard has been accused of domestic violence. In 2001 he was arrested for assaulting his then wife and the mother of his three children, Lori McCommas as detailed in this excerpt from The Smoking Gun:

According to a Whitemarsh Police Department report, Howard–a 2006 Academy Award nominee for his role in ‘Hustle & Flow’–argued on the phone with Lori McCommas and warned her, ‘Don’t disrespect me by hanging up on me or I’ll come over and hurt you.’ After McCommas hung up and called 911, Howard went to her house, kicked in the front door, and punched the mother of his three children twice in the face. When a Whitemarsh cop responded to the scene, Howard admitted, ‘I broke the door down and hit my wife.’ After being charged with a variety of crimes (simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment and stalking), Howard subsequently pleaded guilty in 2002 to disorderly conduct.

Stay tuned; we’ll keep you posted on the results of the January 17, 2012 hearing.