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Steve Harvey Accused of Torturing His Ex-Wife in $60 Million Lawsuit

”Family Feud“ host’s former spouse says she was ”threatened, arrested and placed under gag order“ to protect his public image

If Steve Harvey felt like he was being pestered before, he’s definitely not going to like this.

“Family Feud” host Harvey has been slapped with a $60 million lawsuit by his ex-wife Mary, who alleges that Harvey engaged in “prolonged torture with the infliction of severe mental pain and suffering by acknowledging three years into the relationship that he was still married to his first wife.”

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Mary Harvey claims that the alleged torture compelled her to “mutate her identity, her ideals and her principles began to crumble.”

The suit says that things became so bad that Mary “attempted suicide by self-medicating in an effort to stop the pain.”

The suit also claims that Mary’s “severe emotional distress” was added to by the “acknowledgement of a nine-year affair with a woman that produced a child.”

According to the suit, Harvey also conspired to oppress Mary, removing her from a behavioral health facility only three days into her treatment following a suicide attempt.

“The Plaintiff was threatened, arrested and placed under gag order, to keep the information  she knew from becoming public to protect the defendants [sic] public image.”

“The intentional infliction of emotional distress went well beyond emotional anguish and concludes with anxiety, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances, ulcers and degenerative neurological disorders,” the lawsuit continues.

In a statement provided to TheWrap on Friday, Harvey’s attorney, Brandon Williams, said that the “Family Feud” host “vehemently denies” the charges in the suit, filed Wednesday.

Williams also called the lawsuit “meritless” and “frivolous.”

“Mr. Harvey vehemently denies any allegations set forth in the lawsuit,” Williams said. “The Complaint is meritless, frivolous and the allegations are completely false. We will vigorously defend/counterclaim against the Complaint.”

Alleging child endangerment, torture, kidnapping and other counts, the suit seeks $60 million in damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.