Terrence Howard’s ex-wife Michelle filed a lawsuit against the actor on Tuesday (July 28), in which she claims he assaulted her two years prior.
In the civil complaint, filed in Los Angeles, she says the alleged assault took place while they were staying in a rental house in Costa Rica back in July 2013, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The complaint claims 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.”
The filing continues, saying the actor “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 Terrence’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.”
Michelle also claims that later in the evening, the actor 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.
In the suit, she claims assault and battery, as well as intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
In the same complaint, Michelle claims he 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.”
This isn’t the first time Terrence has been accused of spousal abuse. Back in 2001, he was arrested on charges of assaulting his then wife Lori McCommas.