Terrence Howard arrested in 2001 assault: 'It's just life, man'

After Chris Brown's recent arrest for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, Terrence Howard remarked to a reporter, "It's just life, man. Chris is a great guy. He'll be alright. And Rihanna knows he loves her, you know? They'll be alright."

The Oscar-nominated star of "Hustle and Flow" has since apologized for the remarks.

But some people got to thinking about the Chris Brown sympathizer's comment, "It's just life."

0217091howard1 Turns out he's right. It is life. His life.

According to the Smoking Gun, police and court records reveal that Howard was arrested for a similar but previously unreported incident in 2001.

He was arrested by Pennsylvania cops in September of that year, accused of assaulting his estranged wife, Lori McCommas.

According to a Whitemarsh Police Department report, after Howard and McCommas argued on the phone, the actor said, "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 she was talking to the police dispatcher, Howard "showed up at the victim's residence ... broke the front door down and ran through the house breaking 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 her face," according to the police report.

When a Whitemarsh police officer arrived, Howard told him, "I broke the door down and hit my wife."

Click here to see police photos of the broken door and the police report.

Although charged with a variety of crimes (assault, terroristic threats, harassment and stalking), Howard pleaded guilty in 2002 to disorderly conduct.

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Photo: Terrance Howard's mug shot in 2001.  Credit: The Smoking Gun