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Stephen Belafonte Allegedly Took Control Of Mel B's Money!

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The story of Mel B and Stephen Belafonte's marriage gets less storybook and more Lifetime movie the more we hear about it.

Ever since their divorce announcement two weeks back, Belafonte has been accused of domestic abuse, cheating, even illegal firearms.

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So why wouldn't she just leave him??

Part of what abusers do is make their partners feel like they have no control over their lives, like they need the controlling figure.

In this case, Stephen allegedly got control of the former Spice Girl's finances. A source told People:

"She never knew where her money was or how she could get to it. He set up the account, put the accountants in place; she literally never knew where her money was."

The source also says Stephen would guide what projects Scary said yes to, making her do "anything that would earn him a bit of money."

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That partnered with his threats to release "intimate videos" of Mel that would "damage her reputation" and you can see how the control took hold.

Which of course drove Mel to cover up for him even when he was abusing her. The source says:

"Mel kept turning up with bruises. Everyone said, ‘Are you OK?' and she just kept coming up with excuses."

We've heard the rest of the story. Sadly, we've heard the story far too many times.

If you need help and don't feel like you have anywhere to turn, please know you aren't alone. For more information, you can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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