When Terrence Howard didn't reprise his role of James Rhodes in the massively successful Iron Man in the Marvel sequel, it caused quite a bit of controversy. Between rumors of contract disputes and difficulty working with the actor on set, no one really knew the whole story, but his Marvel Cinematic Universe was pretty tame on the controversy scale.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, the actor casually mentioned that he slapped his wife in front of his children, resulting in him catching a deserved amount of criticism. In his words, "She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids."
Howard typically uses his Twitter account to promote his FOX series Empire, often live-tweeting new episodes. It's unclear what sparked his outpouring of personal beliefs, but on Saturday night, Howard used the social media platform to dispute his previous admission of domestic abuse. In the interview with Roling Stone, he claimed he was merely defending himself as his then-wife was macing him.
I've never been abusive to anyone in my entire life. I have loved and paid the price for love. I am the same loving being since day 1!— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017
When Howard was only two, he witnessed his father stab and kill a man in a mall while they were waiting in line to see Santa, so he's no stranger to violence in his life.
The actor might have admitted to striking his then-wife, but multiple other women have come forward to say he assaulted them. Howard, however, has only admitted to the one incident of violence.
See the rest of Howard's tweets about abuse, which includes saying assault across genders is an "eye for an eye."
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[H/T Daily Mail]
When I say that I've made mistakes, it is not regarding violence but judgement. Trusting the wrong people!— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017
I firmly believe that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Kiss for a ?— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017
This double standard that has permitted abusive women to feel that they can assault a man and not reap where they have sowed is wrong!— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017
The cyber space abuse and bullying that has gone unanswered has come to an end!— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017
You come for me, I come for you. Eye for an eye!— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017
Having an altercation is very different than abuse... and for the record I never punched her in the face get the facts straight.— Terrence D Howard (@terrencehoward) March 25, 2017