Terrence Howard, one of Hollywood’s leading African American actors, is facing a restraining order today, after his wife of one-year, Michelle Ghent, claimed he is a wife beater and threatened to killer. It’s not the first time.
In 2001, Howard was arrested for charges related to a violent attack on his estranged wife, including simple assault, terrorist threats, harassment and stalking.
Howard, 42, and his then wife Lori McCommas argued on the phone, according to crime Web site thesmokinggun.
Howard threatened to “come over and hurt you” and McCommas hung up and called police.
Howard “showed up at the victim’s residence and began breaking the door down,” according to the police report.
“Howard then grabbed the victim’s left arm and punched her twice with a closed fist in the left side of the face,” the report said.
He and McCommas, who were married for 14 years and had two children, divorced in 2003, remarried in 2005 and divorced again.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
The case only came to light in 2009, after Howard gave Chris Brown a shoutout following his assault of then girlfriend Rihanna.
“It’s just life, man. Chris is a great guy. He’ll be alright,” Howard said. “And Rihanna knows he loves her, you know? They’ll be alright.”
He later apologized for his remarks.
Howard was also arrested the year before for assaulting a Continental Airlines flight attendant after refusing to return to his seat because the seat belt sign was on. Charges were dropped for lack of jurisdiction.
In the Latest case, Ghent married Howard in January 2010, and claimed in court papers that Howard began beating her a week into their marriage.
She filed for divorce in February, claiming that Howard “slugged me across my face and neck” … and threatened to throw her off a balcony,” according to gossip site TMZ.
Terrence called her allegations “a big, fat lie.”
He said in his own legal filing that Ghent is trying to blackmail him by threatening to “release private materials to 3rd parties for her own personal financial gain” unless he paid her.
An L.A. County Superior Court judge granted Michelle a temporary restraining order.
Howard’s career has flourished, despite his rocky personal life. He was nominated for a 2005 best actor Oscar for his role in the movie “Hustle and Flow.”
He filmed three movies this year, including “Winnie,” about the wife of Nelson Mandela, and World War II epic “Red Tails” about the Tuskegee Airmen.