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Terrence Howard

Accused of Beating Ex-Wife

8/5/2013 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Terrence Howard has been accused by his ex-wife of beating her badly during a heated argument in Costa Rica ... TMZ has learned.

Michelle Ghent -- who divorced Terrence in May but hooked up with him again recently ... took a trip with Terrence and several of his family members to Costa Rica last week.  Sources say an argument erupted and she claims Terrence beat her up.

We've learned Terrence claims Michelle maced him, his adult daughter and another family member.  Police were called and reports were taken.

Sources say Terrence made up the mace story to cover his brutality.  Other sources connected to Terrence say Michelle is lying about the actor physically abusing her.

We've learned Michelle is going to court in an attempt to get a restraining order ... forcing Terrence to stay clear of her.

TMZ previously reported ... Michelle has accused Terrence of slugging her in the face and neck.  She also claimed the brutality started just 7 days after they were married.

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46.

Passthepeas    

Another grown clown that can't keep from putting his hands on a woman. Get ready to pay up big time you coward.

453 days ago
47.

carlg    

WHOOP THAT TRICK! get em! WHOOP THAT TRICK! get em!

453 days ago
48.

uliar    

they beat their women

453 days ago
49.

david    

Here is a huge amount of "who gives a rat's ass". Most people that don't follow the weak minded tabloids have never heard of either of them.

453 days ago
50.

Cathy    

And if he is as bad as all that with the beating, WHY did you go on vacation with him? Talking about a part of the strory being left out.

453 days ago
51.

D-INCARNATION    

I think it says this is ok in the Koran..

453 days ago
52.

Chicoboi1985    

He looks like an abuser anyway....And I don't feel sorry for her one bit. I cannot stand women who go back to the abuser. They are just as much at fault. GROW some BALLS ladies!

453 days ago
53.

whitevette    

Sooo did that help make her want him more...NOOOO .some women just don't want the man or his money no Matter how much they beat them ..I wouldn't want a man just because he has money that's so lame..its not a man's money that makes the man its the man who makes himself ..

453 days ago
54.

mommyto1    

Yet she keeps going back...

453 days ago
55.

GothamGirl    

He has a history of slugging women in the face, both wives and an airline stewardess. Surprising lack of control, and the wives keep going back to him.

453 days ago
56.

SunnyAutumn    

Terrence repeatedly beat the mother of his children. She kept giving him chances, but finally grew tired of his empty promises to be a better husband. He's a grown man. You never hear about him in the news. He always try to blame others and cover it up.

453 days ago
57.

MakeupQueen    

And here it is... in 2001 Terrence was arrested for violently attacking his then estranged wife - google it. What's so hard to believe that he was any different with Michelle?

453 days ago
58.

mr.howell     

He been in trouble before!..he looks like he could be a real jerk!,he has a mean look on his face all the time!.I believe her!.

453 days ago
59.

SunnyAutumn    

I wonder how he would feel if a man beats one of his daughters. Chris made a mistake as a 19 year old. This grown a-ss man beats women on a regular basis.

453 days ago
60.

Livvie    

Ok, so he allegedly kicked her a.s.s. before and she ended up leaving him. Then she went back and hooked up with him again and didn't think he would allegedly beat her?

453 days ago
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