Mel B’s ex-husband Stephen Belafonte sues her for $5 million in defamation suit

Mel B ex husband, Stephen Belafonteis taking the first spice girls singer to court, accusing her of defamation and attempting to “cause him serious emotional distress and destroy his reputation.”

According to court documents obtained by ET, which were filed Wednesday in Florida, Belafonte alleges that the former America has talent judge (whose real name is Melanie Brown) has “spent most of the last decade engaging in a deliberate and wide-ranging campaign” to smear him and ruin his life and career.

“Ms. Brown has stopped at nothing to falsely accuse (Belafonte) of horrific crimes and offenses, including physical beatings, rape, financial abuse, emotional abuse, sex trafficking, and illegal gun possession,” the documents allege.

Mel B married Belafonte in June 2007 and She filed for divorce in March 2017. Belafonte has had primary custody of his 12-year-old daughter Madison since 2019.

Mel B is also mother to two other children: Phoenix Brown, 25, whom she shares with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar, and Angel, 17, from her brief relationship with Eddie Murphy.

Belafonte claims that Mel B first defamed him “with a fraudulent domestic violence claim in 2017,” but that she dismissed the claim before he “had his day in court” to defend himself.

Stephen Belafonte and Mel B at the Maxim Hot 100 party at the Hollywood Palladium on July 30, 2016.fake images

Before divorcing Belafonte, she got completed at the end of 2017Mel B had filed a temporary restraining order against him alleging physical and sexual abuse, which she claims began shortly after they married in 2007. Belafonte denied the accusationsand Mel B dismissed the application.

Belafonte’s lawsuit further claims that Mel B’s alleged “campaign of abuse” continued with the reissue of his 2018 memoirs, brutally honest.

Belafonte maintains that the book, which makes numerous allegations of abuse against Belafonte, is an example of how Mel B allegedly “took advantage of her thirty years of fame to attack Mr. Belafonte in a malicious and vindictive global smear.”

“Ms. Brown has been profiting from her public lies while portraying Mr. Belafonte as a ‘monster’ in television and global media appearances and in her ironically titled book,” the documents state. “(His) relentless attacks on her have been calculated to ensure maximum coverage of her false narratives and cause maximum damage to Mr. Belafonte’s reputation and emotional state.”

The lawsuit claims that Belafonte did not previously sue Mel B “to protect his young daughter from public and protracted litigation.”

In addition, Belafonte affirms that – since he has custody of Madison, who lives with him in the United States – Mel B “has barely had a relationship” with his daughter. He claims that Mel B has only visited her once in the last four years, “although she has flown to the United States, for work-related appearances and recordings of hers, on multiple occasions.”

Belafonte is suing for “not less than $5 million” in compensatory damages, as well as punitive and exemplary damages, and is seeking a jury trial.

ET has reached out to Mel B’s reps for comment.

In March, Mel B spoke with bbc about the shame he felt after leaving California and traveling thousands of miles to his hometown of Leeds, so that she could move into her mother’s bungalow after her separation from Belafonte.

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte attend the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London, England on December 2.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret

Mel B has stated on numerous occasions that Belafonte physically abused her throughout their marriage. However, beyond his previous statements, Mel B spoke with the bbc about what she called “financial abuse.”

“Not only did I suffer emotional and physical abuse, there was also financial abuse. I didn’t realize that I didn’t have as much money as I thought. So I literally had to eat humbly, live.” with my mom,” he said bbc.

Despite being on a sold-out tour with the Spice Girls when she decided to move home, Mel B said she had to learn to live “frugally” in the years after her divorce, including shopping on a budget and only recently being able to to afford a house for herself.

Divorce records show the singer was ordered to pay Belafonte $350,000 as part of their settlement and $5,000 a month in child support for their daughter.

Belafonte, a film producer, has repeatedly denied his claims since he first spoke out, calling them “outrageous and unfounded.”

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