A former spouse of comedian Steve Harvey has gone on record to accuse her notable ex of causing irreparable damage to her soul from the moment she became his wife, according to the New York Daily News.
Mary Lee Harvey (née Shackelford), who split from the Family Feud and Miss America host in 2005 after nine years of marriage, filed a $60 million lawsuit against Steve, 60, on Wednesday for myriad charges related to their bitter split, including child endangerment, kidnapping, breach of contract — and murder.
According to Ms. Harvey’s document, the publicly-happy Harvey ultimately caused her so much emotional strife throughout their marriage, that he somehow managed to “kill” her from the inside out, despite Mary being very much alive today.
“[Mary Harvey’s] main point is [that] she’s emotionally and physically destroyed after losing her son, her businesses, and the joy [that comes with] Mother’s Day,” TMZ further detailed about Harvey’s ex-wife’s suit.
Described by the gossip site as occasionally veering into convoluted rambles, Steve’s ex-wife, at one point, attempted to summarize the lack of emotion that remained following their split as, “all was lost when Mary L. Harvey died.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 19, 2017
Steve reportedly won full custody of the son he shares with Mary, Wynton Harvey, now 19, in 2005, which caused his ex-wife to reportedly become depressed and self-medicate with alcohol and prescription drugs, as she herself states in notes to the court.
Incidentally, a prior courtroom showdown between Mary and Steve in February of 2011 over similar charges ended with The Kings of Comedy notable as the victor, as a separate Daily News article from that year provides.
“Mary [claimed in] a series of YouTube videos last month [that] Steve had an affair throughout their marriage, and left her with nothing when they divorced in 2005,” the newspaper detailed.
One of the supposed YouTube clips also had Mary stating that Steve “took my [son] Wynton from me,” an accusation that Steve and his son both strongly denied before and during that particular hearing.
As it turned out, writers for the Daily News were easily able to debunk most of Harvey’s ex-wife’s claims, thanks to Steve signing a waiver early on to expose the documents publicly, in an effort to clear his name from Mary’s YouTube videos.
“In fact, [Mary] was awarded three homes in the property settlement,” Daily News writers continued, “and also received $40,000 per month through March 2009 and then an additional $1.5 million,” sometime thereafter.
When it came to Ms. Harvey’s claims of being barred from seeing her son, Harvey explained to Judge Robert Dry that Mary had once allowed a then-13-year-old Wynton to board an airplane to see Steve, without actually notifying him of his son’s arrival beforehand.
“Mary also alleged that their marriage fell apart due to Steve’s relationship with Marjorie [Bridges-Woods], his current wife,” the Daily News relays, “but the judge noted that Bridges was not a part of the original divorce proceeding, nor was she a cause of the marital breakup.”
Harvey and Bridges-Woods tied the knot in 2007, two years after Steve and his ex-wife parted ways for the final time.
In his ruling, Judge Dry reprimanded Mary for making false accusations about Steve and warned her that she was in direct violation of a previously-signed gag order drawn up by both her’s and Harvey’s lawyers.
“Mary Lee Harvey was not homeless or evicted from her home,” Dry remarked, “[and Steve did not] withhold or turn the child against [her].”
She was then ordered to refrain from publicly speaking about her marriage with Steve online or on-air, such as she did one week previous to the court hearing on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Reps for Steve Harvey have not commented on his ex-wife’s latest claims.
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