Steve Harvey’s ex-wife Mary Vaughn is suing the talk-show host for $60m (£46.1m) after claiming he ‘murdered her soul’.
Harvey, 60, is being sued after Vaughn allegedly suffered “prolonged torture with the infliction of severe mental pain and suffering”.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday 17 May by civil rights activist Essie Berry; acting as Vaughn’s power of attorney.
The couple married in 1996 but underwent a public divorce in 2005. They have one child together; 19-year-old Wynton Harvey.
Harvey had been previously married to Marcia Harvey for 14 years.
After divorcing Vaughn, he went on to marry Marjorie Bridges in 2007, with whom he is still with today.
Court documents obtained by ET Online claimed that Vaughn “attempted suicide by self-medicating [in] an effort to stop the pain”.
The documents also alleged that Harvey and his attorney have reportedly caused “severe emotional distress” over the years.
Vaughn is suing the Family Feud and Little Big Shots host for a catalogue of alleged wrongdoing during their marriage.
These include child endangerment, torture, kidnapping, breach of contract, conspiracy against rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress and “soul murdering”.
Harvey’s lawyer, Brandon R. Williams, responded to the lawsuit on Friday 19 May.
A statement read “Mr. Harvey vehemently denies any allegations set forth in the lawsuit.
“The complaint is merit-less, frivolous and the allegations are completely false. We will vigorously defend/counterclaim against the complaint”.
The two have been constantly engaged in bitter disputes since their divorce 12 years ago.
In 2013, Harvey was cleared of allegations that he beat son, Wynton, in the midst of a legal battle.
Vaughn, however, was arrested for contempt of court in the same year for violating the conditions of a gag order.
She served 30 days in jail.