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Terrence Howard's Ex

Restraining Order GRANTED

Massive Black Eye [PHOTO]

8/6/2013 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Terrence Howard's ex-wife Michelle Ghent has just obtained a temporary restraining order against the actor -- claiming he beat her up during a blowout fight in Costa Rica last week -- and she showed up to court Tuesday with a scary black eye.

According to the order, Terrence is forbidden from coming within 100 yards of Michelle pending another hearing later this month. He is also barred from contacting her in any way.

During the hearing, Michelle's lawyer discussed the text messages Michelle allegedly sent to Terrence in May -- threatening to kill him and his family -- but argued they were misleading and incomplete. The mysterious black eye was NOT discussed in court

As for Terrence, he filed his own request for a restraining order, but that was not granted. The judge said the court would hear his side of things at the next hearing.

As we reported, Michelle says Terrence physically abused her during the argument in Costa Rica while she was on vacation with him and his family.

Terrence tells a different story, claiming Michelle maced him, his adult daughter and another family member. He insists he never laid a finger on her.

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Wow ...    

That would be some coincidence for her to have a black eye and Terrence not be responsible. What did she do, hit a doorknob?

409 days ago
2.

namers    

Batterer and battered. Sometimes the battered hit back. They both sound like a piece of work.

409 days ago
3.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Why does she need a restraining order? Didn't she go on the trip with him willingly? Just stay away from the guy.

409 days ago
4.

Chris    

Anger issues with these damn celebs.

409 days ago
5.

Livvie    

She needs to stay away from him. Vacationing with a man she said was violent towards her in the past was a s.t.u.p.i.d. thing to do.

409 days ago
6.

BH90210    

Those Asian Girls can be pretty crazy.

I speak from experience.

409 days ago
7.

The Zombie    

Here's a joke I heard from Terrence Howard: What do I tell a chick with two black eyes? Nothing. I already told her twice.

409 days ago
8.

Mumra the Ever Living    

"It's unclear if Howard is responsible for the injury ... but she'll probably claim that he is."
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.Hey TMZ, you can stop kissing this guys ass now.
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When used in this context "Probably Claim"< has the connotation not being totally truthful. You have no idea, yet are willing to, let's face it slander this woman without having the slightest clue about what is true or not.
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Harvey, you are supposedly a lawyer. Why do you let these adolescents running your web site do shady crap like this.
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Is getting anal sex from this guy and a story to be named later that important to you? Did you EVER have any integrity?

409 days ago
9.

Donka Do Ball    

Should be two black eyes.
Sometimes you have to tell her TWICE.

409 days ago
10.

Rocky    

That's what she gets, if he's beat you up before and y'all are divorced, why would you be on vacation with him

409 days ago
11.

Horndog    

Why isn't TMZ's (tm) predator drone providing a live video feed from the courtroom?

409 days ago
12.

amandajf    

I don't know why she would go on vacation with him, when he has previously assaulted her and they're divorced, but I certainly don't believe that it means that she deserved it in any way. I think that she feels the need to have MACE with her on a family vacation with him speaks volumes.

409 days ago
13.

Luna    

I bet that black eye was self inflicted.

409 days ago
14.

GOLLY    

Didn't think I could be convicted in an American court for something that happened in another country that is not against the law there.

409 days ago
15.

Jamagrown    

Sometimes a brotha need to smack a ho, yaknowwhudimsayin mayne? Keep his pimp hand strong.

409 days ago
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