Despite Terrence Howard's successful career in the worlds of film and television, allegations of violence toward his ex-wives have long tainted his reputation. Now, the 46-year-old actor is admitting to at least one incident of domestic abuse and the regret he feels over his actions.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Howard details a altercation with ex-wife Lori McCommas in 2001 that unfolded in front of their children. A police report states he "punched her twice with a closed fist," but he's telling a different, yet still violent, story.
"She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids," he admitted. "Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong."
Howard was then questioned about an alleged 2013 incident with ex-wife Michelle Ghent, in which she claims he punched, kicked and strangled her while vacationing in Costa Rica. It's an account Howard also has an explanation for.
"She was trying to Mace me and you can't see anything so all you can do is try to bat somebody away, and I think that something caught her. But I wasn't trying to hit her," he said.
Ghent included the allegations in a lawsuit filed in July, making claims of assault and battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and defamation.
Still, Howard says he is continuing to grow and is on his own personal journey.
"As a result of the travesties I've gone through, I have become awakened," he said. "I mean, after spending time with me, you can see a good part of my nature. I'm on my own path, and I like the pebbles of my cobblestones."
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