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Remember Freddie on 'What's Happening!'? His Widow Once Claimed Steve Harvey Made Life Living Hell

Manuela Cardiga
Apr 01, 2019
01:19 A.M.

Fred Berry's widow Essie Berry accused talk show host Steve Harvey, of harassing and cyberbullying her.

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Steve Harvey has been under fire from civil rights activist Essie Berry, who accuses the talk show host of making her life "a living hell."

Berry is the widow of the beloved "What’s Happenin” star, Fred Berry, who passed away in 2003.

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THE FEUD BETWEEN STEVE HARVEY AND FRED BERRY'S WIDOW

Berry claims that Harvey has been targeting her since 2013 when she was offered a chance to appear on a proposed new reality series “Widow, Wives and Ex Celebrity Wives.”

Berry reached out to Harvey's ex-wife Mary Lee Harvey, and that is when, she claims, her troubles began.

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According to Berry, Harvey launched a vicious campaign of cyberbullying, showering her with threatening and offensive texts.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN STEVE HARVEY AND EX-WIFE MARY

Harvey objected to Mary's involvement in a reality show in which she might have a platform to air her grievances over their acrimonious divorce. Mary has accused Harvey and his wife Marjorie of stripping her of her wealth and alienating her son, Winston, now 19.

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ESSIE BERRY CLAIMED STEVE HARVEY WANTED TO "SILENCE" HER

Berry claims that Harvey wanted to coerce her silence since she knew damning and potentially damaging details about his divorce. According to Berry, Harvey launched a vicious campaign of cyberbullying, showering her with threatening and offensive texts.

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ESSIE BERRY'S LAWSUIT AGAINST STEVE HARVEY

Berry filed a lawsuit against Harvey in the Los Angeles Superior Court on March 8, 2018, accusing the talk show host of stalking, harassment, and “murder” of her “emotional state of mind.”

The case was set before a judge on August 24, 2018, where Harvey appealed to the court to vacate Berry's lawsuit. Since then, there has been no further news update on the lawsuit, although Berry continues speaking against Harvey on YouTube.

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ESSIE BERRY'S MARRIAGE TO FRED BERRY

Essie Berry is best known for being the widow of Fred Berry, the actor whose most memorable role was Rerun on the 1970s sitcom "What's Happening!"

Bery, who was later ordained as a minister, started his career as a street dancer and joined the dance group the Lockers.

After struggling for years with drug addiction, Berry became an unpaid associate minister and evangelist at the Little Shiloh Church on the outskirts of Huntsville, Alabama.

Berry was married six times, and Essie was his last wife, whom he married in 1999. Berry, 52, died at home on October 21, 2003, while recovering from a stroke.

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