Reportedly, Howard tried to end his relationship with Yang, but the diminutive woman just would not take no for an answer. According to Howard, on the night of the incident, Yang parked her car around the corner from his residence and walked to the property’s gated entrance. When she rang the bell, Howard and his current girlfriend allegedly came to the gate.
Reportedly afraid of making any loud noises that could prove to be disruptive to his neighbors, Howard allegedly allowed Yang to gain entry on to his property. According to Howard, just as soon as he opened his gate for Yang to enter, she pounced on him and began to attack him, striking his face several times. Police investigators confirmed that Howard’s face did show evidence of some sort of attack; the star of the much-heralded film “Red Tails” was said to have a swollen nose.
Still, Yang’s attorney, John McAuliffe, is weaving another story, saying that it was his 5’1″, 110-pound client who was attacked by the 6’2″ nearly 200-pound performer. The lawyer also claims that Yang simply went to Howard’s home to discuss their past relationship.
McAuliffe told CBS News:
“She, as many women in that type of situation, wanted to know where this was headed, where they were going. He strung her along. It’s pretty obvious in my opinion.”
Police reportedly believed Howard’s version of events and not Yang’s, who, by the way, was not physically bruised in any way.
Yang was arrested and charged with Simple Assault, Defying Criminal Trespassing, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June.
Unfortunately, Howard is no stranger to assault charges involving women.
Watch Howard’s ex-wife file a restraining order against him here:
The 43-year-old singer was married for 14 years to Lori McCommas, the Mother of his three children. The couple has since divorced, but in 2001, Howard was arrested for a variety of charges related to a violent attackon his estranged wife, including simple assault, terrorist threats, harassment, and stalking. Howard was accused of punching his ex twice in the face with a closed fist.
Howard was also cuffed in 2000 for manhandling a Continental Airlines flight attendant, after refusing her request to return to his seat because the seat belt sign was on.