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Terrence Howard Reportedly Ordered to Pay $1.3M in Spousal Support to Ex-Wife

Mary Scott
Aug 28, 2019
12:00 A.M.

A Los Angeles judge has reportedly ordered “Empire” star, Terrence Howard, to pay his ex-wife Michelle Ghent a total of $1.3 million in unpaid spousal support plus interest.

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NY Daily News broke the news on Friday following a court hearing where the judge refused to grant Howard another delay in the six-year-long battle with his ex-wife.

Terrence Howard & Michelle Ghent attend the Bing Bar on Jan. 21, 2011 in Park City, Utah | Photo: Getty Images

Terrence Howard & Michelle Ghent attend the Bing Bar on Jan. 21, 2011 in Park City, Utah | Photo: Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Helen Zukin ruled that Howard, 50, owes Ghent $263,137 in back spousal support and another $1,055,970 due to his pay raise on the Fox series “Empire.”

Still To Come: Ghent had filed court documents earlier this month, asking the court to overrule Howard’s claims

According to TMZ, the actor earns about $250,000 per episode, more than double what he made when the show debuted in 2015.

Terrence Howard visits Build Studio on Sep. 24, 2018 in New York City| Photo: Getty Images

Terrence Howard visits Build Studio on Sep. 24, 2018 in New York City| Photo: Getty Images

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This latest ruling comes six years after Howard refused to obey a 2013 divorce judgment entered in the case between him and Ghent, something Judge Zukin reportedly pointed out.

“This has gone on long enough. The Court of Appeals determined it’s a valid judgment, and it’s time to enforce that judgment. If there had been compliance initially, none of this would have been necessary.”

Terrence Howard at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, 2017 in California | Photo: Getty Images

Terrence Howard at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, 2017 in California | Photo: Getty Images

Besides the payment he is now expected to make to Ghent, Howard will likely be turning over more millions after the judge rules this week on the fees he must pay to Ghent’s attorneys. According to NY Daily News, that should come to about $1 million.

Howard had been trying to use the fact that he’s under criminal investigation for tax evasion to stall his case with Ghent.

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The “Hustle & Flow” star reportedly argued that he deserved a stay in the divorce back-and-forth, refusing to turn over any documents reflecting his updated income that might affect the criminal case.

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The judge, however, went ahead with the ruling after Ghent’s divorce lawyer, Karen Donahoe, reminded the court that “Empire” premieres its sixth and final season next month.

“We need to have the monies held. He’s in the last year of his contract. This is the last bulk of money we can reasonably get before it disappears.”

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Ghent had filed court documents earlier this month, asking the court to overrule Howard’s claims and go ahead with the divorce proceeding. Weeks later, she now has her victory.

Howard was married to Ghent from 2010 to 2011 when she filed for a divorce that was finalized in 2013. The actor was previously married to Lori McCommas, with whom he shares three children.

In 2013, Howard married his third wife, Mira Pak. They share two sons. In 2015, Howard and Pak got a divorce, but in December 2018, the actor proposed to Pak again.

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