The judge is expected to render a decision in Howard's case on Monday.
But regardless of the outcome, the ruling will likely lead to more legal fighting between Howard and ex-wife Michelle Ghent, who has accused the Oscar-nominated actor of abusing her multiple times and has an active restraining order against him.
The re-examination of old — and new — allegations against Howard comes at a sensitive time for the resurgent actor, who took time away from the "Empire" set last week to spend three days in court trying to undo a divorce settlement that entitles his ex-wife to a share of his earnings.
It also comes at a time when the public is interested in the circumstances of old allegations against celebrities, such as accusations about years of sexual abuse by comedian Bill Cosby.
He acknowledged early in the proceedings that a lot of money was at stake as a result of his ruling.
Ghent and Howard aren't the only ones interested in the outcome of Monday's ruling.
The hit series comes after some lean years for Howard.
Despite an Oscar nomination for 2005's "Hustle & Flow" and a role in the original "Iron Man," but was replaced with Don Cheadle in the sequels.
He stood up from his seat, declared "I'm angry right now" and, with permission, stepped out of the room.
Howard wasn't channeling Lucious Lyon, his character from the smash Fox series "Empire." Instead, he was undergoing tough questioning in a Los Angeles courtroom by an attorney for his second ex-wife about allegations of violence, some dating back 15 years.
The pair's tumultuous relationship included several reconciliation attempts even after they were officially divorced in 2013.
Howard testified that he twice threatened to harm himself to preserve his relationship with Ghent, telling her at one point he would swallow a bottle of pills if she broke up with him and on another occasion that he would throw himself off a balcony after they fought over him kissing actress Jennifer Hudson on a movie set.
They’ve never had sex and maybe that’s a good thing because if they had…