After a year of marriage and two years of bitter divorce proceedings, Terrence Howard's short-lived relationship with commercial production employee Michelle Ghent is finally over, legally speaking. According to a divorce order obtained by TMZ on Friday, May 10, a judge finalized the split earlier this week, giving Howard, 44, the better end of the deal.
TMZ reports that the Red Tails actor is walking away with most of the ex-couple's marital property, including two houses in Pennsylvania and 25 bank accounts. Ghent will keep her bike and a BMW, but must return Howard's Range Rover.
The news comes more than two years after Ghent first filed for divorce in February 2011, and about a year-and-a-half after she filed a restraining order against the Oscar-nominated star. In December 2011, nine months after their split, she alleged that Howard had begun physically abusing her just seven days into their marriage and had even threatened to kill her.
The actor, for his part, quickly filed his own legal papers denying the allegations against him. He also claimed that Ghent was planning to "release private materials to third parties for her own personal financial gain" unless she received monetary compensation.
This is the second divorce for Howard. He was previously married to Lori McComma for 13 years until 2005; they have three children, Aubrey, Heaven, and Hunter.