TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Terrence Howard's Ex

He Sucker Punched Me

8/6/2013 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0806_michelle_ghent_terrance_howard_black_eye_tmz_article_launch
Terrence Howard
's ex-wife filed legal docs with a graphic allegation -- that the actor sucker punched her in the face, grabbed her by the neck and threw her against the wall.

In the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Michelle Ghent alleges the brutality occurred during a trip last week to Costa Rica.  She says the fight started after she told Terrence she had no interest in firing up a relationship with him -- they divorced in May.

Michelle says after Terrence hit her, he glared at her and walked over to a bedside table where he kept 2 curved knives -- 4-6 inches in length.

Michelle says she panicked and then pepper sprayed him.  At that point she claims Terrence knocked her down and then kicked her repeatedly in the head.

In addition to the black eye, Michelle says she suffered contusions and swelling.
 
And, she says, he referred to a prior warning he had given her on a trip to Bora Bora -- threatening to kill her. 

For his part, Terrence claims in his legal docs that she made up the story to damage him, timing it for his movie premiere of "The Butler."  Terrence claims she threatened to kill him and he believes she's serious.  He also says she's been admitted to a psych hospital in the past.

Michelle got a temporary restraining order Tuesday, requiring Terrence to stay clear of her.

201 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

cat     

If she had "no interest in firing up a relationship with him" why did she got to Costa Rica with him?

407 days ago
32.

RealAsTheyCome!    

I would LOVE ME SOME TERRENCE!!!!!!

407 days ago
33.

Majestik    

How the hell do you get Pepper spray on an airplane? You telling me she just went out and purchased pepper spray when traveling in Costa Rica with a large group? Same goes for the knives, where the hell were those purchased cause you know he didn't get those onto a plane?

407 days ago
34.

RK Wall    

From my view point Michelle's story is the one with the ring of truth... just fail to understand why she would take a trip with him? That OH SO MACHO habit of beating up a woman is BS‼ "I'm only doing this cause I LOVE YOU, BABY", is sad justification. It is ALL about one thing...CONTROL

407 days ago
35.

itsmegnotmeghan    

Both sides sound fishy.

407 days ago
36.

6one9    

Terror needs his ass BEAT!!!!!
Please karma ``` lay your hands ALL over him!!

407 days ago
37.

Chrissy    

From a couple of friends I know who had met him while filming years back (They were extras in one of his movie) he's a douchebag and a diva on set. He also gave my friend his number and kept flirting and telling her to go back to his trailer with him. This is also when he was still married. So I don't doubt he's an ******* and is capable of hitting a woman.

407 days ago
38.

Chrissy    

From a couple of friends I know who had met him while filming years back (They were extras in one of his movie) he's a douchebag and a diva on set. He also gave my friend his number and kept flirting and telling her to go back to his trailer with him. This is also when he was still married. So I don't doubt he's an ******* and is capable of hitting a woman.

407 days ago
39.

Mrs-thing    

why shouldn't believe her, we should believe him cause he is famous and black? I don't think so.. throw the book at him !!

407 days ago
40.

Joe    

And Obama spoke about white women grabbing their pocketbooks tighter when a black gets on an elevator. And whites lock their car doors when blacks are near their car. Etc. they are violent people. They don't care who they hit or rob or steal from. This is another example. A black guy hitting his wife. And I am talking overall as a race. Extremely violent. And if you point it out, they get violently mad as they say it isn't true. Again this is just an example. I am talking overall as a race. they should start conducting themselves better and without violence.

407 days ago
41.

HumanNature    

TOXIC RELATIONSHIP

407 days ago
42.

Truth    

ARENT THEY DIVORCED?? WTF ARE THEY STILL HANGING AROUND EACH OTHER??? THEY HAVE NO KIDS EITHER... CRAZY ASS MUTHA F*CKAS, POINT BLANK. HOWARD IS A SPOUSAL ABUSER. SMOKINGGUN.COM OUTTED HIM YEARS AGO.. SHOWING POLICE REPORTS, PICS, AND PROPERTY DAMAGE AGAINST HIS FIRST WIFE. DUDE HAS CHRIS BROWN ISSUES... #TRUTH!!

407 days ago
43.

CR    

Him and his father have a lot in common. She's lucky to be alive

407 days ago
44.

size4    

that mother f'r did it

407 days ago
45.

Jim    

Michelle, If you didn't want to get back together with your EX-husband, WHY did you travel with him? He's threatened you before, right? SO WHY?

407 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web