Mary Shackelford, who was previously married to Steve Harvey, is reportedly suing the comedian for "upwards of $60 million." E! News reported Thursday that Harvey is being sued for, among other things, "soul murder." This act is defined in E!-obtained court documents as a "combination of torture, deprivation, and brainwashing."
Shackelford has alleged that she's been "suicidal" and self-medicating in the wake of their divorce proceedings. In addition to "soul murder," Harvey is reportedly accused in the suit of child endangerment, conspiracy against rights, torture, breach of contract, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Shackelford and Harvey divorced in 2005.
In a statement to TMZ, who first reported Shackelford's suit, Harvey's attorney Brandon Williams rebuked the claims. "Mr. Harvey vehemently denies any allegations set forth in the lawsuit," Williams said Friday. "The Complaint is meritless, frivolous, and the allegations are completely false. We will vigorously defend/counterclaim against the Complaint." Harvey is now married to Marjorie Bridges-Woods.
Harvey, who last made headlines when a leaked list of staff demands inspired a brief Twitter debate, recently finished production on the final Chicago-set episode of his daytime talk show:
Harvey's new show, Steve, will tape in Los Angeles and is set to premiere Sept. 5.