We recently told you that Mel B filed for divorce from husband Stephen Belafonte after 10 years of marriage. Despite being separated since December, things are officially getting ugly in the split as the singer and TV personality, born Melanie Brown, has confirmed allegations of abuse that have encircled her marriage for years. Not only that, but Brown is also claiming that Belafonte extorted her into doing threesomes with other women and threatened to release sex tapes they had.
According to TMZ, a restraining order was obtained on Monday that required Belafonte to leave their family home and stay away from her three children. This was allowed as Brown detailed some pretty horrendous tales of abuse over the years via a declaration in her divorce papers. She said a lot of the violence she was subjected to was done to knock her down a peg and “to let me know he was in charge.”
For instance, in 2007, she said that the night of her Dancing with the Stars finale, Stephen choked her and slammed her down onto the floor in their home.
In July of 2012, she said that Belafonte assaulted her in a jealous rage after he found out she was set to film a segment for X Factor with Usher. He reportedly punched her in the face with a closed fist and ended up splitting her lip.
In August 2012, a day after performing at the closing ceremonies for the Olympics in London, Belafonte reportedly punched her with a closed first and pushed her down on a carpet. When the skin on her face was rug burned and started to scab, she says he forced her to tweet that she had herself while doing too much in high Christian Louboutin heels.
Other allegations include having sex tapes of her that he’s threatened to put out, threatening to release the videos if she wouldn’t have threesomes with him and other women, getting their family nanny pregnant and then having the woman get an abortion, spending her money (including giving $300,000 of it to that nanny), threatening violence against her and to take the kids from her if she left, having a gun hidden away in their home (which is against the law since he has a prior domestic violence conviction) and a lot more.
As we previously told you, in 2014, rumors of abuse surfaced after Brown entered the hospital for stomach pains and then returned to the U.K.’s X Factor, live on air, with what people pointed out as bruises. Despite her mother taking to social media to say Belafonte had abused her (Brown is estranged from her mother), both Belafonte and Brown said they were false at the time.
Now that she has stated that the rumors are true, actions have been taken. Belafonte was spotted at their family home in the Hollywood Hills yesterday as he packed his things and told paparazzi he didn’t abuse Brown. However, he has a violent past that includes getting into a brawl with multiple men at a hotel in London in 2010 where one was sent to the hospital. And in 2003, Belafonte admitted to assaulting ex-girlfriend Nicole Contreras, and as a result had to go into a domestic violence program.
Belafonte resided with Brown and her three kids. Her oldest daughter, Phoenix, is from her first marriage. Her second child, Angel, is from her relationship with Eddie Murphy. Her youngest daughter, Madison, is with her now estranged husband. Belafonte also has another daughter from his relationship with Contreras.