Terrence Howard has been hit with a restraining order from his estranged wife.

Michelle Howard, nee Ghent, has reportedly filed court documents after claiming the 'Law And Order' star abused her, according to gossip website TMZ.

In the documents, which have been obtained by the website, she alleges Terrence "slugged me across the face and neck" and also claims there were cracks appearing in their marriage shortly after their nuptials in 2010.

Earlier this year, it was reported Michelle had filed for divorce after just one year of their nuptials citing "irreconcilable differences" as a reason for leaving.

The Oscar-winning actor split with Lori McCommas in 2003 before remarrying her in 2005 and splitting up again.

In 2001, he was arrested for a number of charges relating to a violent attack on her, which included simple assault, harassment and stalking and in 2002 he pleaded guilty to the assault charge.