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STEVE HARVEY'S WIFE & COCAINE KING!

Bitter ex charges TV frontman made Marjorie snub him as he rotted in cell

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DOPE kingpin Jim L. Townsend is spilling his guts about his nights with Family Feud host Steve Harvey’s wife!

Steve’s bad-girl spouse, Marjorie, was married to Townsend when he was sentenced to life in prison for traffickin­g 90 pounds of cocaine.

Buxom beauty Marjorie, who wed the cigar-chomping TV star in 2007, initially stayed close to Townsend while he was behind bars.

Now the dealer is opening up about their time together!

“For 17 years, I could call night or day and she was always there for me,” says Townsend.

“We were legally married when I got arrested. We lived in Memphis and had a great life together. I have eight kids. The youngest two are with her.

“She was eight months pregnant when I left for prison, and our daughter was five years old.

“After five years, we split. I told her she had to get on with her life — and I had to get on with mine.

“She’s 14 years younger than me. She had to do what she had to do.”

Before their run-in with the law, his young wife loved spending nights in the party scene and dreamed of opening a “bar and grill,” Townsend says. Eventually, they made her dream come true. But he and Marjorie came under investigat­ion by the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcemen­t Administra­tion for drug smuggling.

He says the feds claimed to have “substantia­l evidence” against Marjorie — and said she’d be arrested if he didn’t play ball.

So he cut a plea deal that allowed Marjorie and his brother, Terry, to go free, Townsend says.

But Marjorie’s bar was seized by government officials, who Townsend says wrongly believed it was opened with profits from his drug business.

After serving 26 years, Townsend, now 69, was pardoned in 2017. He says he has a “beautiful relationsh­ip” with his two children with Marjorie — who are Steve’s stepchildr­en.

“My kids with Marjorie live in Atlanta. They’ve been over to see me, and we’ve reconnecte­d,” he says.

But Townsend remains bitter toward Steve for forcing Marjorie to dump him.

“Once she met him, he made her cut me off,” declares Townsend.

“All those years, I could call night or day, and she was always there for me. But when she met him that phone was cut off the next day.”

 ??  ?? Marjorie and Townsend split five years into his life sentence — and she wed Steve in 2007 Former jailbirdTo­wnsend claims he was close with his ex-wife — until she cozied up to comicHarve­y
Marjorie and Townsend split five years into his life sentence — and she wed Steve in 2007 Former jailbirdTo­wnsend claims he was close with his ex-wife — until she cozied up to comicHarve­y
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Townsend was married to Marjorie when he was sent to the slammer ondrug charges
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