Terrence Howard‘s success heading into the final season “Empire” just bit him in the ass — or should we say the wallet — because a judge is ordering him to give his ex-wife a huge chunk of his TV earnings.
Michelle Ghent scored a 7-figure W Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court when the judge said enough is enough, and ruled Terrence must pay her $ 1.3 million. About $ 263k of that is reportedly back spousal support — and another $ 1.05 million is based on the fact he’s pulling in big money.
Terrence is reportedly now making north of $ 250k per episode of “Empire.” Michelle and Terrence’s money battles have been dragging on since 2013 — and, by comparison, he was only hauling in somewhere around $ 120k per episode in 2015, when the show debuted.
TMZ broke the story, Michelle filed docs last year requesting her ex pay her more than $ 900k in back spousal support, so today’s ruling — first reported by the NY Daily News — is a massive legal victory for her.
There’s more bad news on the horizon for Terrence — Michelle’s attorneys fees.
On Friday, the judge said the fees looked “reasonable” and set a hearing for next week to determine exactly how much he’ll have to pay — but Michelle says the tab is expected to be more than $ 1 million.