Sunday 19 November 2017

Empire star Terrence Howard: 'I’ve never been abusive to anyone in my entire life'

Actor Terrence Howard attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actor Terrence Howard attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actor Terrence Howard attends The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PALEYFEST Los Angeles presents "Empire" at Dolby Theatre on March 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Actor Terrence Howard arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actor Terrence Howard accepts award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for "Empire' onstage during the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
Actors Taraji P. Henson (L) and Terrence Howard attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
EMPIRE: Terrence Howard as powerful music mogul Lucious Lyon in the premiere episode of EMPIRE. Chuck Hodes/FOX
EMPIRE: Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson, L) visits Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard, R) in EMPIRE. Chuck Hodes/FOX
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actors Taraji P. Henson (L) and Terrence Howard speak onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Terrence Howard has denied he has ever been abusive to any of his ex-wives.

The Empire star has taken to social media to clarify some comments he had made in a recent interview with People, in which he said, "I’ve made terrible mistakes throughout my life."

“I still have growing to do,” Howard told the publication. “I just hope the mistakes I make now are smarter mistakes.”

The actor has faced allegations of violence toward his ex-wives, but despite previously admitting slapping his first wife, the 48-year-old now claims he has never been abusive.

Actor Terrence Howard accepts award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for
Actor Terrence Howard accepts award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for "Empire' onstage during the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

"I’ve never been abusive to anyone in my entire life,” he posted on Twitter on Saturday. “I have loved and paid the price for love. I am the same loving being since day 1!

"When I say that I’ve made mistakes, it is not regarding violence but judgement,” he added, pleading innocence. “Trusting the wrong people! I firmly believe that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Kiss for a (kiss).

"This double standard that has permitted abusive women to feel that they can assault a man and not reap where they have sowed is wrong!”

The actor was arrested in 2001 and plead guilty for disorderly conduct after punching first wife Lori McCommas “twice with a close fist,” according to police. The couple were married in 1994 and divorced in 2003. They later remarried in 2005 and divorced for the second time in 2007.

EMPIRE: Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson, L) visits Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard, R) in EMPIRE. Chuck Hodes/FOX
EMPIRE: Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson, L) visits Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard, R) in EMPIRE. Chuck Hodes/FOX

“She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids,” Howard told Rolling Stone magazine in 2015. “Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong.”

Howard's second wife Michelle Ghent was granted a restraining order against him in 2013 after she alleged he kicked her and threatened to kill her.

The actor claimed he was acting in self-defence with Ghent, and told Rolling Stone: “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.”

Howard is currently married to third wife, Mira Pak, and the couple has two sons - Qirin, 22 months, and Hero, seven months.

Actor Terrence Howard attends The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PALEYFEST Los Angeles presents
Actor Terrence Howard attends The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PALEYFEST Los Angeles presents "Empire" at Dolby Theatre on March 11, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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