Ex-wife #2 takes Terrence Howard to court over alimony, while he and ex-wife #3 face tax evasion

Terrence Howard, Michelle Ghent
Terrence Howard, Michelle Ghent
Terrence Howard, Michelle Ghent
2011: Terrence Howard is all smiles as he hugs up then wife, Michelle Ghent. Wire Image
Terrence Howard and his ex-wife Michelle Ghent are locked in a court battle over Howard’s Empire earnings. Ghent is asking a judge to tap into money Howard earned from the hit television series to settle Howard’s spousal support debt.

Howard has failed to keep up with ordered payments. Last year Ghent was granted $1.3 million in spousal support as part of her divorce agreement with Howard.

When the series premiered in 2015, Howard was paid about $120,000 per episode. Following the show’s season 1 success, his, and co-star Taraji P. Henson’s, pay jumped to as much as $250,000 per episode. Empire typically produced 18 episodes each season. In comparison, Jussie Smollett, who also appeared on the program, earned as much as $125,000 per episode following season 1. Smollett is currently embroiled in his own legal crisis.

Outside of his legal battle with his ex-wife, Howard and his current fiancée (who is also his third ex-wife — they were divorced and reunited late last year) Mira Howard, are also being investigated for tax evasion.

Howard has had tax troubles going back over a decade. In 2006 the feds executed a lien against him for $600,000, and again in 2010 for $1.1 million. In April 2019 the State of California Franchise Tax Board filed a $143,538 lien against Howard.

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