Michelle Ghent Granted Restraining Order Against Terrence Howard, Shows Black Eye in Court

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Terrence Howard's ex-wife Michelle Ghent was granted a restraining order against the actor today, showing off a huge black eye in court, TMZ reports.

The former Mrs. Howard claims he beat her during a fight last week.

It's unclear if Howard is responsible for the injury, but it was not discussed in court (you can see a photo clearly showing it after the jump of this article).

Michelle Ghent Photo

It is likely Michelle will claim he is responsible, as she's already said Terrence Howard physically abused her during an argument while they were on vacation.

Howard tells a very different story, claiming Michelle Ghent maced him, his adult daughter and another family member, while he never laid a finger on her.

The couple finalized their nasty divorce earlier this year but reunited for a Costa Rican vacation last week, and that's where the incident went down.

Howard has not arrested or charged, though police reports were filed at the time - and the temporary restraining order was just granted, in any case.

Michelle Ghent Black Eye

Terrence is forbidden from coming within 100 yards of Michelle pending another hearing later this month. He is also barred from contacting her in any way.

Michelle's lawyer discussed the texts she allegedly sent to Terrence in May, threatening to kill him and his family, calling them "misleading and incomplete."

As for Terrence, he filed his own request for a restraining order, but was denied as the judge said the court would hear his side of things at the next hearing.

He told it to ET briefly in an interview last night. Take a look:

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does anyone take into consideration that he is an actor and everything he says is a lie!!!! he is a womanizer and abuser. he deserves to go to jail!

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she married this black man when she was drunk, so she can't face reality.

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Once a beater, always a beater. I don't know why I believe Michelle's story, but I do. Karma will be paying Terence a visit soon anyways, it always does.

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@ Kimberly

You can't blame a woman soley but with that being said far to many women don't look deep enough into a man before tying the knot. Far to many get into a relationship for all the wrong reasons. They see the immediate future but not down the road. If anyone cannot deal with a certain level of adversity then they need to stay away for commitment.