The Courier-Mail

Howard’s Empire breaks during bitter divorce case

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LOS ANGELES: Empire actor Terrence Howard agreed to a 2012 divorce settlement with his ex-wife after she threatened to leak details about his sex life, his lawyer said yesterday at a hearing on his efforts to overturn the agreement.

Lawyer Brian Kramer played audio of a 2011 telephone conversati­on between Howard (pictured) and his exwife Michelle Ghent.

“I will (expletive) bury you deep within the ground,” Ms Ghent was heard saying. She said she had video of Howard singing naked in the bathroom and could sell the footage for $2 million.

Oscar-nominated Howard contends the statements by Ghent amounted to extortion and that the divorce settlement should be overturned.

Ghent’s lawyers say she denied the allegation­s. Ghent has accused Howard of domestic violence and is also seeking money she says is owed under the settlement.

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