Judge gives Terrence Howard’s wife stay-away order

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ordered Terrence Howard to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife after she claimed the actor repeatedly threatened her.

The Oscar-nominated actor denies in a sworn statement that he has ever threatened his wife, Michelle, and says he has tried to refrain from contacting her as they undergo a divorce.

Michelle Howard filed for divorce in January after a year of marriage. She claims Howard has repeatedly hit her and threatened her in a text message last week.

Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ordered Howard to not contact his estranged wife until a hearing Jan. 17.

Howard’s filing states he is afraid his reputation will be ruined because of the allegations.

The 42-year-old actor received an Oscar nomination for his role in “Hustle and Flow.”

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