Steve Harvey’s ex-wife arrested for contempt of court

Steve Harvey (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Steve Harvey (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Daytime talk show host Steve Harvey‘s ex-wife has been jailed for 30 days for allegedly leaking information to the media while under a gag order.

The entertainer and his former wife, Mary Vaughn Woolridge, divorced in 2005 after 16 years of marriage.

The two were in a bitter custody battle over their son, who is now 16, and Harvey won custody.

The case was sealed and under gag order, but Vaughn was arrested Thursday for contempt of court for allegedly leaking sealed information.

“Am I angry? Yes,” Vaughn told Fox Dallas-Fort Worth. “I missed six years of my son’s life and I can’t get those years back.”

Harvey’s attorney released a statement on the matter to Fox 4. It says in part:

Please be advised that the Law Offices of Bobbie Edmonds represents. Mr. Steve Harvey, in the legal matter which has arisen from another episode of YouTube releases, which contain false, misleading, derogatory, defamatory, disparaging and malicious information about Mr. Harvey, his wife, and children by his ex-wife, Mary Vaughn Woolridge (current married name) and formerly known as Mary L. Harvey, individually, and through her agent, representative and co-conspirator, Essie Berry aka EssieRerunBerry aka Essie Rerun Berry! aka Essie Nickerson aka Essie Jackson aka Essie Alexander. We filed another Motion for Contempt and Enforcement against Mary Vaughn Woolridge for the recent social media smear campaign and slanderous 2008 child abuse allegations against Mr.Harvey, among other violations of the prior gag order and permanent injunctions issued in 2008, 2011 and early 2013.

The statement also added that the gag order remains “in full force and effect. This file remains sealed.”

The former wife is set to be released on Jan. 17.

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