The Butler star divorced Michelle Ghent in 2013 after three years of marriage and the former couple has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since, as Ghent alleged Howard had failed to keep up with the payments outlined in their divorce settlement.

Howard filed paperwork insisting he could not afford the $50,000 (£31,000) he owed because he had tax debts to settle and already paid spousal support to his first ex-wife Lori MCCommas.

Ghent filed a subpoena to access Howard's salary for hip-hop drama Empire, which premiered in the U.S. in January (15), and according to documents obtained by, she will now receive 21 per cent of any earnings Howard made over $62,500 (£39,000) in the first three months of this year (15).

Howard is now married to his fourth wife Miranda, and they are expecting their first child together.