Steve Harvey is reportedly being sued by his second ex-wife, Mary Shackelford is suing the talk-show host for $60 million for child endangerment, torture, conspiracy against rights, kidnapping, breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
According to the lawsuit, Shackelford claims her life has been a struggle since the couple’s divorce was finalized in 2005, and that she’s been suicidal and has resorted to self-medicate in an effort to handle the aftermath of their highly publicized divorce battle.
She claims that Steve murdered her soul.
“Soul murdering is a crime not a diagnosis,” the filing states.
“Soul murder is achieved by a combination of torture, deprivation and brainwashing,” Mary alleges in the documents.
Shackelford also claims that Harvey once kidnapped their son.
“In 2005, the defendant kidnapped their then 8-year-old son and did not allow the plaintiff to see him on scheduled visitation and holidays as mandated by the courts” and that the “overwhelming stress and pain exceeded her ability to cope.”
The suit was filed on Wednesday (May 17) not by an attorney, but rather civil rights activist Essie Berry.
She is acting as Vaughn’s power of attorney.
Steve Harvey’s lawyer Brandon R. Williams responded to the lawsuit on Friday (May 18).
“Mr. Harvey vehemently denies any allegations set forth in the lawsuit,” read the statement.
“The complaint is merit-less, frivolous and the allegations are completely false. We will vigorously defend/counterclaim against the complaint.”
She and Harvey share one child together, 19-year-old Wynton Harvey.
The former couple’s marriage lasted from 1996 until their public divorce in 2005, which was two years prior to Harvey’s third marriage to current wife, Marjorie Bridges.
The 60-year-old “Family Feud” host was previously married to Marcia Harvey for 14 years before he wed Vaughn.
The stand-up comic rose to fame hosting The Steve Harvey Show and the Miss World pageant, where he announced the wrong winner in 2015.