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.

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."

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.

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.