Terrence Howard’s ‘Empire’ checks could be lost to court ruling

Terrence Howard's 'Empire' checks could be lost to court ruling
Terrence Howard – Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

The irony for Terrence Howard is that he is arguably more famous and raking in more coins than he ever has in his career. But he won’t be able to enjoy much of it, because a vast portion of that income is going to be forked over to his ex-wife who just scored an astronomical judgement for spousal support payments and attorney fees.

Howard, who makes $250,000 per episode for the blockbuster series “Empire,” was ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge onFriday, Aug. 23, to pay his ex, Michelle Ghent $1.3 million in spousal support the New York Daily News reports.

In addition, he is ordered to pay Ghent’s attorney fees, which are said to be in the seven-figure range. The two were married from 2010 to 2013.

The New York Daily News stated that $263,000 of that amount is from unpaid back spousal support. The other $1.05 million is due to his huge salary boost. Howard was making about $120,000 per episode when “Empire” first premiered six seasons ago.

Another problem with the judgement, as far as Howard is concerned, is that “Empire” is entering its sixth and final season, and with it will end the big paychecks.

Howard almost had to deal with two ex-wives’ request for spousal support though. After Ghent, Howard married Mira Pak in 2013, but they were divorced in 2015. Howard, however, proposed to Pak back in December and she accepted. If they follow through with the wedding, it will mark Howard’s fifth marriage.

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