Steve Harvey’s ex-wife posted several videos on YouTube this weekend in which she alleges that the comedian and author was a chronic cheater in their marriage who then took their son and left her with nothing after they split.
In three videos totaling more than 25 minutes, Mary Harvey discusses the entire arc of their relationship, from their meeting in the mid-1990s to the present. She claims he was unfaithful practically from the beginning and was ruthless during the divorce.
“He turned my son against me, had me evicted from our house,” she says. “I woke up, and everything was gone.”
In response, a statement from Steve Harvey’s attorney, Bobbie Edmonds, states: “We are appalled and aware of the videos and other fabricated documents … which contained false, misleading, derogatory, disparaging, malicious, explicit and slanderous information about Mr. Harvey, his current wife and others.”
The statement adds: “The ex-wife is fully aware of the court’s current orders and permanent injunctions which prohibit either party, their lawyers or representatives from discussing and releasing information on the Internet and to the media. We are taking the necessary legal steps to rectify this matter to the full extent of the law and we will be seeking contempt and sanctions against her for such reprehensible and callous disregard for the court orders.”
The couple divorced in 2005. Two years later, Steve Harvey, who has written several best-selling books offering relationship advice, married Marjorie Bridges – who had been his mistress, according to Mary Harvey.
Mary Harvey claims Steve is currently suing her in Texas, which is why she is now speaking up. “In Steve’s opinion, I was responsible when Oprah did not give him a TV show,” she says. “I’m being sued for that. That is why I’m saying what I have to say.”
She is unable to put everything behind her, she added, because her name keeps coming up in the media – most recently, she says, in Essence magazine’s Steve Harvey cover story on Jan. 11.
“To keep seeing my name referenced when talking about his life – that part of it, I don’t understand,” she says.
Adds the statement from Steve Harvey’s attorney: “We are saddened that the ex-wife has resorted to such devious and selfish behavior, with a reckless disregard for their minor son, her adult son and Mr. Harvey’s other children.”