'Scary Spice' Alleges Horrific Abuse by Ex

Mel B says Stephen Belafonte beat and sexually exploited her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2017 11:39 AM CDT
In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Stephen Belafonte, left, and his wife Melanie Brown arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mother's Day."   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Mel B filed last month to divorce husband Stephen Belafonte, from whom she's been separated since December; now the Spice Girl has leveled serious abuse allegations against him. She got a restraining order against Belafonte on Monday that bars him from her and their three children, TMZ reports, and in the declaration, she says he's been physically abusing her, including choking her and punching her, since at least 2007. She says he also sexually abused her, forcing her to participate in three-ways that he sometimes taped, and that he has threatened to release the tapes to hurt her career—or to release them to Children's Services in an attempt to get her parental rights taken away.

She says that in 2014 she attempted suicide by taking a bottle of aspirin, but then tried to call emergency services. Belafonte blocked her from doing so, she says, and locked her in the bedroom while telling her to die. She claims that every time she tried to leave, he threatened to destroy her life and take the children. She says that he got their nanny pregnant and suggested all of them live together, though ultimately, she claims, Belafonte demanded the nanny terminate the pregnancy. She says multiple people saw evidence of the physical abuse over the years, but never reported it. Belafonte denies the allegations. (Read more Mel B stories.)

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