The news emerged on Monday (17Aug15), when the Hustle & Flow star took the witness stand in a Los Angeles court to continue his testimony as he attempts to have his costly split settlement with his second wife Michelle Ghent dismissed, amid allegations he was blackmailed into signing the contract.

According to the New York Daily News, one of the lawyers in the case referred to model/restaurateur Miranda, aka Mira Pak, as Howard's "ex-wife" - a comment the actor did not try to correct.

A source has since told the publication the divorce from Pak was recently granted in a Chicago, Illinois court, the day before Howard sat for a deposition in his legal battle with Ghent.

Howard has yet to respond to the reports, but Pak was in court just last week (ends14Aug15) to support the father of her son, who was born in May (15).

The former couple wed in October, 2013 after a whirlwind romance.

He was previously married to Lori MCCommas, who he initially wed in 1989. They split in 2003, but reunited and were married again from 2005 to 2007.

His union to Ghent fell apart a year after they tied the knot in 2010. Their divorce was finalised in 2013.

Representatives for Howard have yet to confirm news of his alleged split from his third wife.