Steve Harvey Cleared of Child Abuse Charges

Celebrity News Dec. 21, 2013 AT 11:00AM
Steve Harvey Steve Harvey has been cleared of child abuse charges, TMZ reports; the actor and comedian's second ex-wife Mary Lee Shackelford claimed the daytime talk show host abused their 16-year-old son Wynton Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Steve Harvey can now rest easy. The 56-year-old actor and comedian has been cleared of child abuse charges, TMZ reports. The daytime talk show host's second ex-wife, Mary Lee Shackelford, previously claimed that Harvey abused their 16-year-old son, Wynton.

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According to the site, Harvey's lawyer wrote a letter for Mary to sign, which acknowledged that she made up the allegation that the star hurt their son with a belt and paddle.

"I have to deal with that [the lie] and answer to God for my behavior," the letter said. "I know that you love our son and would do anything legal to protect him. You are a loving father."

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It continued: "I realize that you sought the sealing of the record as a measure to protect our son from a lot of unnecessary anxiety from his peers and others and to protect us as a unit from a media frenzy."

Although Mary refused to sign the note, authorities did eventually clear Harvey's name, and dropped the child abuse allegations.

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Harvey is currently married to his third wife, Marjorie Bridges. He and his first ex-wife, Marcia Harvey, are parents to twin daughters Brandy and Charlie, 31, and son Steve Jr., 22.

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