Exclusive: FOX CEO’s Question about Terrence Howard Alleged Violence Against Women!!!

images-EmpireVsEmpireSince November 2014, Bill Wyman cataloged six different occasions on which actor Terrence Howard has been accused of attacking women. On Saturday, at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California someone finally asked about the abuse accusations.

A Philadelphia Daily News TV critic, by the name of Ellen Gray, pointed out the accusations in a Q&A session with Fox CEO’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden.

“Between Fox’s new hit show Empire and the M. Night Shyamalan-Helmed Wayward Pines, in which Terrence Howard plays a key role, the network “is very much in the Terrence Howard business. So when you’re doing casting, does this come up as part of the conversation,” Ellen Gray asked the two Fox’s honchos?

Walden’s initial answer was direct, he said,

“I want to start by saying that we’ve been working with Terrence now for just about a year, and it’s been a fantastic experience. He’s a leader among that cast. He’s so professional. He’s been so hardworking and he’s just been a great partner to us. So our experience with Terrence has been excellent. We cast Terrence because our executive producers, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, and Brian Grazer, felt that he was the best actor for that particular role. Our experience with him at that point was being fans of the films he’s done in the past and it seemed like a little bit of a no-brainer. So with Terrence, we really didn’t become aware of any of the situation you’re talking about until December. It wasn’t part of the conversation when we cast him.”

Next, Gray followed up by pointing out that the allegations against Howard have been reported for longer than since December. “How could you not be aware,” ask Gray?

Walden responded,

“I can only tell you that was when we were made aware of it. And the allegations at this point, we do know about them, but we’ve also had now a good long chunk of time. Terrence was also on Wayward Pines. The network executives who interacted with him had nothing but a great experience. So, no, it just didn’t come into the conversation.”

Later in the day, Howard and the rest of the cast of ‘Empire’ gathered for a spirited panel. During which Jethro Nededog of the Wrap gave Howard a chance to respond to the question that had earlier been asked to the Fox CEO’s. Howard didn’t address the allegations directly, but he said,

“A lot of things that I got involved with in younger days, in the earlier days, was the product of my environment, the product of not knowing how to deal with frustration, the product of not knowing who Terrence Howard is, you know. Now I’m married with a new wife, with a brand new baby. I’ve grown so much from anything that’s happened in the past. And this present moment, to have a show that’s being that’s being held as a beautiful breakthrough piece, having a wonderful opportunity to have this cast, I don’t think they took any of that stuff into consideration. I think they looked at the talent and the power of right now and this moment and how people have grown and where they’re going to, and I embrace that, and I’m so thankful to them for doing that.”

‘Empire’ creator Lee Daniels added his two cents, bringing the topic to a conclusion with the following response,

“He (Terrence Howard) is our leader. He has been front and center taking bullets for all of us, and I am so proud to be working with him,” another critic pressed the question, asking, “What would you say to critics who specifically look at that and say here’s a guy who’s had multiple arrests, he’s been accused of assaulting women?”

Howard’s response basically asked for another chance,

“What you say is the only person that can really make the judgment, the final judgment, is the judge in the court, or God, at the end of the day. You leave it to them. So once you look at what the judges have said, there’s been no criminal charges ever filed against that person or anything like that. So you have to go by what the judge is saying. If it’s something valid, it’s something valid. If it’s not, it’s not, but you’ve got to give people a chance to grow from anything that happens because, remember, Jesus was nailed to the stake on the allegations of him being a blasphemer. I don’t think that was always true. So we’ve learned from that lesson. We slayed our Messiah under false accusations. We’ve got to give people a chance to show who they are.”

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  1. Wayne Chism says:

    FOX CEO Dana Walden replied to the question, revealing that the company was clueless to allegations before Howard joined the series. I want to start by saying that we've been working with Terrence now for just about a year, and it's been a fantastic experience.

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  2. Geri Long says:

    Excellent updates on most all of my favorite shows. Good information in entertainment and news. Thank you

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