An attorney has sued "Red Tails" and "Hustle & Flow" star Terrence Howard and his ex-girlfriend, claiming the pair settled a criminal case and potential civil suit behind his back, despite his agreement to represent the ex.
According to a Common Pleas Court complaint filed by attorney John J. McAuliffe Jr., Howard paid ex-girlfriend May Seng Yang $75,000 to sign a non-disclosure statement about a May 6, 2012, incident in which she was arrested in the driveway of his Lafayette Hill home after allegedly punching Howard.
McAuliffe represented Yang in the criminal case, which was dropped before trial after Howard and Yang's secret settlement.
The attorney, represented in his own case by Richard F. Klineburger III, says he was to receive one-third of any settlement Yang received from Howard in a civil suit she planned to file against him.
Yang and Howard dated on-and-off for 10 years during which time Howard was married to and divorced from two women, McAuliffe told us in May when we reported on Yang's arrest and allegations against Howard.
McAuliffe's complaint says Yang told him that Howard had offered to settle the case privately with her, but McAuliffe then warned Howard that to do so without involving him was a breach of the contract he had with Yang. The civil counts against Howard include tortuous interference and inflicting emotional distress. He also asserts Yang breached the contract.
Efforts to reach Howard, who stars alongside Colin Farrell in the upcoming Philly-shot "Dead Man Down," were unsuccessful. We were also unable to reach Wang, but we will update you with any response from the former couple.