Mary Vaughn Woolridge, formerly known as Mary Harvey and the ex-wife of entertainer Steve Harvey, was arrested Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court.
Her divorce case from Steve Harvey is sealed and under a gag order, but she decided to talk. She claims she just wanted to tell her side of the story. Mary Vaughn Woolridge is now serving 30 days behind bars for talking and is expected to be released from jail January 17.
Woolridge said she showed up to court without an attorney because she couldn’t afford one and was subjected to a four-hour hearing. The hearing stemmed from a series of YouTube videos she released talking about her divorce from Steve Harvey. The couple have a teenage son.
MyFoxAtlanta received the following statement from Steve Harvey’s attorneys:
“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.
Further, since this matter has been under seal for legitimate reasons, Judge Tucker authorized Mr. Harvey and his attorney. Bobbie Edmonds, to provide limited disclosure of information to refute the false, misleading, derogatory, defamatory, disparaging and malicious statements published by Mary Vaughn Woolridge, her agent, assign and co-conspirator, Essie Berry aka EssieRerunBerry aka Essie Rerun Berry] aka Essie Nickerson aka Essie Jackson aka Essie Alexander through his lawyer, Bobbie Edmonds, in response to the recent negative publicity, false, misleading, derogatory, disparaging defamatory and slanderous information and statements made about Mr. Harvey, his current wife, family and others. The gag order and all prior permanent injunctions remain in full force and effect. This file remains sealed.
We obtained injunctive relief from Judge Tucker in McKinney. Texas. Subsequently, the Judge found her in contempt of court.
If this woman violated the gag order, then she should be held accountable. If she is being wronged by Steve Harvey, then God will deal with him. We don’t need to hear about this hot mess in the media. This casts doubts on Steve Harvey’s stature and cheapens his accomplishment of nabbing an interview with President Obama.