Terrence Howard is apparently smiling now, because a judge on Monday overturned the divorce settlement he had with his wife of one year Michelle Ghent.
The Empire actor had filed documents asking the court to overturn the 2011 divorce settlement, which required him to pay Ghent $5,800 per month in spousal support, as well as gave her the right to a portion of all his future earnings. Basing on that, Ghent filed documents demanding that Howard fork over the thousands of dollars he owes her from his recent success with Empire.
During the proceedings, Howard told the court that he was forced to sign the divorce settlement because Ghent blackmailed him by threatening to publicly release naked pics and videos of him … and he feared it would hurt his career if she did that.
In his ruling, the judge sided with Howard and cancelled the settlement, saying that it was signed as a result of ‘extortion’ and ‘duress.’ He however, chastised Howard for being a ‘bully’ with history of domestic violence, but added, ‘Just because you’re a bully doesn’t mean you can’t be bullied.’
This ruling means that Howard and Ghent will now have to return to family court to renegotiate the divorce settlement, which could mean that Ghent will end up with a much-less spousal support money since their marriage was short and there are no children involved.