Dan Gross: Actor's secret settlement angers lawyer

Terrence Howard.
Terrence Howard.
Posted: January 03, 2013

AN ATTORNEY has sued "Red Tails" and "Hustle & Flow" star Terrence Howard and his ex-girlfriend, claiming the pair settled a criminal case and potential civil suit behind his back, despite his agreement to represent the ex.

According to a Common Pleas Court complaint filed by attorney John J. McAuliffe Jr., Howard paid ex-girlfriend May Seng Yang $75,000 to sign a non-disclosure statement about a May 6, 2012, incident in which she was arrested in the driveway of his Lafayette Hill home after allegedly punching Howard.

McAuliffe represented Yang in the criminal case, which was dropped before trial after Howard and Yang's secret settlement.

The attorney, represented in his own case by Richard F. Klineburger III, says he was to receive one-third of any settlement Yang received from Howard in a civil suit she planned to file against him.

Yang had told Whitemarsh Township police that Howard had pushed her to the ground, choked her and punched her in the eye after an argument between Yang and Howard's girlfriend, Erica Jiles.

Yang and Howard dated on-and-off for 10 years during which time Howard was married to and divorced from two women, McAuliffe told us in May when we reported on Yang's arrest and allegations against Howard.

McAuliffe's complaint says Yang told him that Howard had offered to settle the case privately with her, but McAuliffe then warned Howard that to do so without involving him was a breach of the contract he had with Yang. The civil counts against Howard include tortuous interference and inflicting emotional distress. He also asserts Yang breached the contract.

Efforts to reach Howard, who stars alongside Colin Farrell in the upcoming Philly-shot "Dead Man Down," were unsuccessful. We were also unable to reach Wang, but we will update you with any response from the former couple.

More Wired departures

Wired 96.5's ShilaNathan, Chio's co-host until Chio was fired by the station two weeks ago, has also been let go. Nathan, a Daily News Sexy Single and Villanova grad, says she hopes to stay in this area and land another radio job that allows her more time to talk, not just play music. She appears regularly on Fox 29's "Good Day" discussing relationships and other topics.

*  Wired host London says he resigned from the station where he has worked for about three years. London, a/k/a Clifford Mackay, says he was upset to learn he had lost his "London Nights" show through a Twitter post by a former colleague. He also said that his shifts were reduced. London, who already had a second career in the financial industry, will now focus on that. He and fiancee Melissa Bruni, whom he met while working a club event for the station, will wed next year in his native England.

NBC10's Warren: Twins!

Congratulations to NBC10 meteorologist Dave Warren and wife Alison Frick, who works in real estate, on the birth of their twins.

Son Evan David, who weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, was born at 1:44 p.m. Christmas Eve, with little sister Lila Grace, who weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, born two minutes later. The babies, who were born at Lankenau Hospital, have the surname Pusey, which is Warren's not quite so television-friendly last name.

Veteran meteorologist Karen Thomas has been filling in at NBC10 while Warren has been spending time with his family. Thomas last worked in town for Fox 29.

... speaking of NBC10

NBC10 is bringing Nefertiti Jaquez back to Philadelphia. Jaquez, who served as a repoter for Fox 29 from 2007 to 2009 before landing at the NBC affiliate in Houston, starts this month at the staion as a general-assignment reporter.

Local 'Millionaire' faces

Lots of locals test their trivia on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" next week.

Limerick's Sheri Barberini, a CPA, is on Monday's episode (12:30 p.m., ABC), while Burlington County special-ed teacher Tom Kurtz is on Tuesday's show. Local actress Sarah Donaldson and Galloway, N.J.'s Meg Arbo will be seen on Jan. 9. Arbo works as a standardized patient, acting out medical ailments for medical students. Like Kramer and Mickey did on an old "Seinfeld." We can only hope host Meredith Vieira asks if Arbo ever acted out gonorrhea like Kramer or cirrhosis of the liver, the "Hamlet" of diseases, according to Mickey, a/k/a Temple graduate Danny Woodburn.

Decibel celebrates 100

Philly-based metal magazine Decibel celebrates its 100th issue with a sure-to-sell-out concert Jan. 19 at Union Transfer (10th & Spring Garden). Converge headlines the show, along with Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Repulsion and Evoken Tombs.

Longtime editor Albert Mudrian and his staff share office space with Magnet, a longtime indie-rock magazine out of Philadelphia. Both are published by Red Flag Media.

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