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Terrence Howard’s ex-wife dropped her lawsuit against the actor in which she alleged he assaulted her during a visit to Central America in  2013.

Lawyers for Michelle Howard filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday asking that the case be dismissed.

Her lead attorney, Sa’id Vakili, did not return a call for comment on whether the case was settled or if his client was not pursuing it for other reasons.

The plaintiff’s court papers say the request for dismissal is “without prejudice,” meaning she is not foreclosing the possibility of another lawsuit.

In her complaint, Michelle Howard said the two were staying in a rental house in Costa Rica in July 2013. She maintained the actor followed her into the bathroom and punched her on the left side of her face.

She also alleged the actor clutched her neck and pushed her against the bathroom wall, then choked her for several seconds.

Terrence Howard’s son-in-law rushed to he restroom and tried to restrain him, but the actor was still able to reach around and punch the plaintiff, the suit alleged.

Later that night, Michelle Howard was packing her bags to leave when the actor allegedly became aggressive again, prompting her to try and protect herself with pepper spray, the suit states. Terrence Howard continued swinging his arms and caused the woman to fall down, whereupon he “mule-kicked” her in the head and shoulders, the suit alleged.

The 47-year-old “Empire” star is just over six feet tall and weighs 210 pounds, while the 5-foot, 4-inch plaintiff weighs about 100 pounds, the suit stated.

The confrontation in Costa Rica occurred two months after the couple’s divorce was finalized in Los Angeles Superior Court.

—City News Service

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