Terrence Howard is locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife Michelle Ghent.
Late last month, she decided to sue him for alleged assault, emotional distress, and defamation after she claims he attacked her on vacation two years ago!
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Now, the Empire star is starting some docket drama of his own.
The actor is turning the tables on Michelle and taking her to court, claiming their entire divorce settlement should be thrown out, because she allegedly extorted him into signing it!
When the 46-year-old took to the stand, he began to cry when he described the ways in which his former flame blackmailed him into the agreement.
We already knew that he says she threatened to release a sex tape of him and another woman if he didn't sign those legal documents that required him to pay her $5,800 every month for three years.
But as he broke down during his testimony, Terrence revealed another reason he felt forced to agree to the settlement.
He claims he recorded a conversation of Michelle on the phone threatening to tell people he has an STD, which could have seriously tarnished his reputation and possibly his acting career.
He's hoping he can convince the court that he signed the settlement "under extreme duress" so he can get it thrown out.
What do U think of this whole thing, Perezcious readers? Do U believe his tears? SOUND OFF in the comments!
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