Transcript for Terrence Howard and Ex-Wife's Original Divorce Settlement Thrown Out
Now to actor Terrence Howard's legal battle with his ex-wife. A judge in California ruling in the "Empire" star's favor throwing out the couple's divorce settlement saying he was blackmailed into signing it. ABC's kayna Whitworth has that story. Are you going to leave on your own or do I have to escort you. Reporter: This morning Terrence Howard's "Empire" of earnings off the table in this heated divorce battle with ex-wife Michele gent. Monday a California judge siding with him overturning a divorce settlement his lawyer says he signed under duress. Did she force him into sign the document. Today's rule something an absolute resounding yes and very methodically spelled out reasoning that there was -- Reporter: They consider it precedent setting. During the trial Howard took the stand tearfully describing Ghent's repeated threats and playing a recorded phone call from 2011 in which she was heard threatening to sell the info. Howard's accountant testifying he wired Ghent money by day's end. It plainly showed there was a $40,000 transfer part of the evidence in the case. And there was testimony about the fact that that was hush money. Reporter: Ghent denies it and in a statement to ABC news her lawyer saying the two had a binding agreement and for the last three years Howard intentionally avoided spousal support obligations. She also alleged years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her ex and Howard's claims of self-defense deemed not credible by judge Louis who says Terrence is a bully but that doesn't mean he can't be bullied. Powerful words for her to mull over while she considers challenging the ruling. Kayna Whitworth, ABC news, los Angeles.
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