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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).

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.

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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