Mary Vaughn, ex-wife of funny man and talk show host Steve Harvey will spend Christmas and the New Year in jail. Unfortunately, Vaughn will have 30 long, silent nights as a result of violating a gag order to keep the details of their estrangement private. Their 16-year marriage ended in 2005 in a bitter custody battle with Harvey gaining custody of their teenage son.
In 2008, there were allegations of child abuse that were investigated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Family and Protective Services founded, “Based on the information obtained, the child does not appear to be at risk…the case is closed without further investigation… Mrs. Woolridge [Mary Vaughn aka Mary Lee Shackelford aka Mary Vaughn Wooldridge, current married name] was fully aware and informed of the results of the CPS Investigation.”
It is unclear but it appears the former Mrs. Harvey disclosed, discussed and/or made disparaging remarks about Steve alleging he beat their son in a fraternity hazing ritual using a belt and a paddle in a YouTube video.
Mary showed up in court without an attorney because as tells FOX 4, the Fox News affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, she couldn’t afford one. “I’m just a mother who wants to have access to my son without interference,” she said. “I’m tired of getting pulled down to McKinney (Texas) courthouse every time I say ‘Boo.’ I’m not going to be silenced.”
Steve’s attorney tells FOX4, “Please be advised that the Law Offices of Bobbie Edmonds represents Mr. Steve Harvey in the legal matter which has arisen from another episode of YouTube releases, which contain false, misleading, derogatory, defamatory, disparaging and malicious information about Mr. Harvey, his wife, and children by his ex-wife, Mary Vaughn Woolridge. (current married name) and formerly known as Mary L. Harvey, individually, and through her agent, representative and co-conspirator, Essie Berry aka EssieRerunBerry aka Essie Rerun Berry! aka Essie Nickerson aka Essie Jackson aka Essie Alexander. We filed another Motion for Contempt and Enforcement against Mary Vaughn Woolridge for the recent social media smear campaign and slanderous 2008 child abuse allegations against Mr. Harvey, among other violations of the prior gag order and permanent injunctions issued in 2008, 2011 and early 2013.”
Mary has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and scheduled to be released on January 17, 2014.