Steve Harvey would like to clear the air.
Last month, the comic's ex-wife Mary Harvey unleashed a volley of shocking accusations in a series of notorious YouTube videos: Mary claimed he cheated on her with Marjorie Bridges, now his wife; that he left her penniless; he evicted her from her house, leaving her homeless; he turned their young son, Wynton, against her, and more.
Comedian and self-help author Harvey, 54, set the record straight in a press release Tuesday morning — taking the unusual step of asking a judge to temporarily lift a gag order on their 2005 divorce proceedings to clear his name and "report the truth," according to the release.
The documents reveal that, following the end of the 9-year marriage, Steve paid Mary Harvey $40,000 per month until March 2009, at which point he paid her a lump sum of $1.5 million. As for a claim that she was left homeless, the document confirms that Mary was awarded three houses in the divorce settlement. Regarding their son, the star has had "primary custody" of the boy, "whom Mary Harvey willingly put on an airplane to his father," the statement reads.
As for the adultery accusation, their divorce was granted "on the grounds of irreconcilable differences," and new wife was not named in the proceeding, "nor was she the cause of the marital break-up."
Mary's former assistant recently told UsMagazine.com that her old boss was "erratic…One moment she'll be fine and the next she'll go completely left on you."