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 TMZ.com, 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.