Terrence Howard’s Rap Sheet: A Reason To Defend Chris Brown?

By: Betsy Waldman / February 18, 2009

Terrence Howard, an initial defender of Chris Brown‘s alleged physical altercation with girlfriend Rihanna, has been revealed to have been arrested in 2001 on suspicion of attacking his wife Lori McCommas in Philadelphia.

The Smoking Gun reports that Howard (recently dropped from the upcoming Iron Man sequel) confessed to police that he had struck her.

A Whitemarsh Police Department reports states that McCommas claimed that Howard threatened to “come over and hurt you” if she hung up on him during a phonecall.

McCommas called 911, and the report states that Howard arrived and broke into her home and began beating her while she was still on the phone with a police dispatcher.

He “broke the front door down and ran through the screen door in the kitchen. Howard then grabbed the victim’s left arm and punched her twice with a closed fist in the left side of the face,” the report says.

Howard was arrested and charged with suspicion of simple assault, making terroristic threats, harassment and stalking, and disorderly conduct.

He was released $20,000 bail and pleaded guilty in 2002 to disorderly conduct.

Howard and McCommas got a divorce in 2003. They were remarried in 2005, but are currently separated. They have three kids.

After the initial revelation that the newly apologetic Chris Brown had allegedly beaten and choked Rihanna into unconsciousness, Howard was caught on tape making comments to paparazzi that the public should not “get in their way” and “that’s life” in regards to the incident.

Terrence later retracted the statements according to E!, stating that he was unaware of the details of the situation.