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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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61.

Killmonokill    

It's hard out here for a piiiimp!

339 days ago
62.

Southpaw    

If what she says is true, why hook up with him again? Isn't that asking for trouble? And if it began a week after they were married, why didn't she leave then? She sounds like an idiot.

339 days ago
63.

JuanRambo    

Can't believe he went 'Chris Brown' on his wife... At least he didn't 'Chris Benoit' her...

339 days ago
64.

CARMEn    

WHO IS RICHER THAN OPRAH WINFREY? WHY OF COURSE, THAT WOULD BE JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS. JULIA'S FROM A FINANCIALLY SOUND FAMILY BUSINESS, WHICH IS ABOUT MAKING MONEY. ALSO, THIS GROUP PUT THE 'R' IN ROMANCE, AND LIFTED THAT BAR FAR HIGHER THAN EVER. I HAVE KNOWN JULIA FROM 1972, WHEN SHE WOULD COME TO THE OFFICE AND I GUESS I WAS NOMINATED AS CARE-TAKER OF TH E TWEENER. ONE OF THE THINGS WE DISCUSSED WAS HER MOTHER'S OBJECTION OF JULIA GOING INTO SHOW BUSINESS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT MESSAGE HAD IN STEERING JULIA DIRECTLY TOWARDS THE ENTERTAINMENT FIELD. I TRIED TO COMFORT JULIA, ABOUT GROWING PAINS, AND THE FACT THAT HER MOM HAS SOME EXPERIENCE WHEN IT COMES TO THIS TOPIC. AND OBVIOUSLY, SOMEONE TOOK THE WRONG ROAD. UNLIKE GOV. SANFORD, WHO CAME TO THE FORK IN THE ROAD, AND TOOK IT; JULIA HAD GOOD UPBRINGING, AND THIS GOAL SEEKER, I WOULD SAY TO JULIA, JUST KEEP YOUR HOPES UP TO COMPLETING YOUR EDUCATION AND THAN AT THAT TIME, MAYBE YOU CAN VISIT THAT FIELD AGAIN AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION THAT YOU WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE AT. NOW, LOOK AT HER NOW!

339 days ago
65.

Debra    

Harvey your a real jerk, much like Howard. No one has the right to lay hands on anyone like that in a relationship. If you do it's time to go do some time with some of your "good ole boys"

339 days ago
66.

Been Bitten By The Coo Coo Bug     

White women marring Black Man = Ass Whooping

339 days ago
67.

renee    

What does race have to do with the fact that he hit her? Men and women of all races and creeds are subject to abuse. Domestic violence knows no color.

339 days ago
68.

supermom    

I always thought he is gay/bi.

339 days ago
69.

luvscarythings    

coward! can't fight a man instead of beating a woman, coward

339 days ago
70.

SpicyMagazine    

Cross on a red light and you might get hit. Dummy, enjoy your beating.

339 days ago
71.

HumanNature    

LOOK HERE PEOPLE


IT SHOULD MAKE YOU WONDER WHY ANYONE WOULD STAY IN A MARRIAGE IF THEY WAS ALLEGED BEING "ABUSED"!!!!!


DIVORCE HIM AND GO BACK FOR MORE ALLEGED "ABUSE"!!!!!


SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT!!!!


SOUND TO ME THEY BOTH NEED "HELP"


TOXIC RELATIONSHIP!!!!!

339 days ago
72.

J.E.B.    

What is it with black guys that think it's okay to hit, punch, slap, beat women? Ask Terrence Howard, or Chris Brown, or OJ Simpson.

339 days ago
73.

rommel    

Whoop that trick !

339 days ago
74.

mzzkellybaby    

Ok first of all he is mixed and therefore he was raised by a white woman so race is put of the question. Lets start with the fact that any man who hits a woman is a true coward douche bag loser I hope she gets every last penny he has

339 days ago
75.

'Mac Daddy'    

I have a question about black men, just an observation; what is it about black men that when you are in a relationship with them and you want to leave they feel that you are their property and they will just as soon kill you? Just ask Nicole Simpson or others like her.....

339 days ago
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