Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
The civil complaint filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday claims the “Empire” star punched, kicked, and strangled his ex-wife during their stay at a rental house in Costa Rica in 2013.
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
The complaint describes that on the evening of July 29, 2013, Howard “followed Plaintiff into the restroom of the rental house and punched her on the left side of her face. Defendant also grabbed Plaintiff by her neck and pushed her against the bathroom wall and strangled her for several seconds,” states the complaint. The filing continues he “grabbed her neck again and pinned her against the shower glass and her head hit the wall” when she tried to flee the room, leading the actor’s son-in-law Billy to intervene.
“While Billy tried to pry Defendant’s hands from Plaintiff’s neck, Defendant whispered to Plaintiff, ‘Remember what I told you in Bora Bora? That is what I’m gonna do,’ referring to a prior instance where Defendant told Plaintiff that her body would never leave the island,” states the complaint. “Plaintiff interpreted the reference to mean that Defendant was going to kill her.”
Later on the evening of July 29, claims Michelle, he charged at her and she pepper-sprayed him in the face. “Defendant continued swinging his arms and caused Plaintiff to fall down. While Plaintiff was on the ground, Defendant repeatedly mule-kicked Plaintiff in the head and shoulders,” states the complaint.
Michelle’s lawsuit also states Terrence Howard defamed her by “making false accusations disseminated to the public through the media that Plaintiff had made death threats and other threats against Defendant and his family through various social media accounts.”
She’s referring to the incident where Terrence claimed (via TMZ) that his ex was threatening his current wife and family using a fake Instagram account.
The lawsuit didn’t specify the amount of damages she’s seeking.
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