The ruling could allow Michelle Ghent to claim some of Howard’s earnings from the hit Fox series “Empire.”
Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011 and also filed for a restraining order in December of that same year, accusing Howard of being physically abusive toward her. Their divorce was finalized in May 2013.
As Page Six reports, “the three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled unanimously to reinstate the judgment that was tossed out by a lower court in 2015.”
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That ruling found that the actor was under duress when he agreed to pay Ghent spousal support because he feared she would leak embarrassing information about him.
They agreed to a divorce settlement that paid her monthly support of $5,800 and as much as $4 million a year, depending on his earnings.
Wednesday’s ruling also noted Howard’s repeated attempts to reconcile with Ghent as showing he was not coerced into the divorce agreement.
“Mutual bullying does not describe a relationship in which one party’s will is subsumed by the other’s, and does not warrant setting aside a judgment as a matter of law,” the ruling Wednesday said.
The ruling also calls for Howard to pay the costs of the appeal filed by his ex-wife.
After two failed marriages, Terrence insists he is now “settled” with his third wife, Mira Pak.
“Two weeks after meeting Mira, I gathered up things associated with my past and found a nice hill and buried them all there,” he told People.com in March. “Mira settled me. Our marriage is effortless. Relationships are hard work, but we really don’t fight.”