The Hollywood Reporter cites a complaint filed by Ghent on July 28 that references an incident on July 29, 2013. The complaint mentioned that Howard “followed Plaintiff into the restroom of the rental house and punched her on the left side of her face. Defendant also grabbed Plaintiff by her neck and pushed her against the bathroom wall and strangled her for several seconds.”
As Ghent tried to leave the room, Howard “grabbed her neck again and pinned her against the shower glass and her head hit the wall.”
At this point, Howard’s son-in-law Billy stepped in to break up what was happening to his mother.
“While Billy tried to pry Defendant’s hands from Plaintiff’s neck, Defendant whispered to Plaintiff, ‘Remember what I told you in Bora Bora? That is what I’m gonna do,’ referring to a prior instance where Defendant told Plaintiff that her body would never leave the island,” states the complaint. “Plaintiff interpreted the reference to mean that Defendant was going to kill her.”
Ghent’s complaint further details what went on later that night as she ended up pepper-spraying Howard when he alleged charged her again.
“Defendant continued swinging his arms and caused Plaintiff to fall down. While Plaintiff was on the ground, Defendant repeatedly mule-kicked Plaintiff in the head and shoulders,” the complaint stated.
In addition to the assault allegations, Ghent is suing Howard for defamation. She claims that the actor was “mak[ing] false accusations disseminated to the public through the media that Plaintiff had made death threats and other threats against Defendant and his family through various social media accounts.”
At this time, no charges have been specified in Ghent’s case.