In 2001 Howard was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife. As Howard told officers at the time, "I broke the door down and hit my wife."
According to a Whitemarsh Police Department report, after Howard and Lori McCommas argued on the phone, the actor warned, "Don't disrespect me by hanging up on me or I'll come over and hurt you." McCommas then "hung up and contacted 911 fearing Howard was serious." While McCommas was speaking with a police dispatcher, Howard "showed up at the victim's residence and began breaking the door down." McCommas ran to the rear of the house and into the backyard. Howard then "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."I wish I could say I was shocked by this, but Howard has already offered up enough evidence of his contempt for women.
Chris Brown, meanwhile, was unavailable for comment.