Mel B's life with ex Stephen Belafonte sounds like a literal nightmare.
As you surely know, there has been quite a bit of drama surrounding the Spice Girls alum's divorce from the film producer. Not only has Stephen had a recent run in with the law over allegedly possessing illegal firearms, but his estranged wife has since taken out a restraining order against him. Oh man.
According to TMZ, Mel B was granted a restraining order on Monday after the industry vet accused Belafonte of being both emotionally and physically abusive towards her. Not to mention, the British singer alleges that her ex extorted her into doing three ways by threatening to release sex tapes. To make matters worse, the A-lister claims she and her children currently fear for their lives. How awful!
Thankfully, a judge granted the restraining order and also ordered Stephen to leave the family's Hollywood Hills home. And we're not surprised the America's Got Talent judge got the ruling she wanted, especially after hearing the specifics of her accusations against Stephen.
In the mother-of-three's declaration, Mel accuses Stephen of placing his hands around her neck, choking her, and slamming her down on some hardwood floors while she was getting ready for the Dancing With The Stars finale in November of 2007. Sadly, this wasn't an abnormality in their home as Belafonte would supposedly "beat [Mel B] down to let [her] know he was in charge." Oof.
Another violent incident supposedly took place in July 2012 during a taping of the X Factor. Stephen allegedly flew into a jealous rage over a segment his wife was filming with Usher. The El Lay native reportedly punched Mel in the face with a closed fist and, in result, split open her lip. When the beloved singer asked how she was going to explain the injury at work, the father of her kids apparently snapped back that she should have thought of that before deciding to "flirt with and fuck Usher." Whoa.
The drama doesn't stop here as Mel also claims Stephen punched her with a closed fist and pushed her down on the carpet a mere day after performing at the closing ceremonies for the London Olympics. The violent outburst resulted in the Spice World star's face getting scabbed over, which is why Mel's ex forced her to say on Twitter that she injured herself by running on seven inch Christian Louboutin heels.
There was also nanny drama too as Stephen allegedly got their hired babysitter pregnant. Despite initially wanting the nanny to keep the baby and to move in with him and Mel, Belafonte eventually forced the family employee to get an abortion. The unnamed female walked away with $300K of Mel's money for "alleged nanny services."
Unsurprisingly, this abuse took a toll on the TV personality as she downed an entire bottle of Aspirin in 2014. When she tried calling 911, Stephen locked her in their bedroom and told her to "”die, bitch!'"
As for those open relationship rumors, the songwriter states her estranged love forced her to "participate in sexual intercourse with him and random women" and that he would secretly film the encounters and use them as blackmail if she ever tried to resist having a three way. In the legal document, Mel explained:
"[Stephen] threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way … destroy my career and take my kids from me."
What a horrible situation to be trapped in. Stephen has denied the allegations as he told the paparazzi:
"So… I force her to have threesomes? Okay. You know what my comment to this is, actually, that is the mother of my children — I'm really, really distraught in my brain how this is gonna effect our children…That's it. I mean, I really… I'm shocked at those allegations."
Ummm, that's not really a straight forward denial. He added:
"I think someone's trying to set me up to look like a bad guy."
OR, maybe you just are a bad guy?? We guess we'll have to see how this plays out in court.
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