It’s entirely appropriate that Stephen Belafonte is making an L with his hand, because apparently he’s no stranger to acting like a huge loser. Two weeks ago, Melanie B filed for divorce from Stephen after ten years of marriage. We all know their marriage was rumored to be a mess, but now we sort of know just how much of a dumpster fire it really was.
TMZ says Scary Spice got a restraining order yesterday against Stephen. Stephen has to leave their Hollywood Hills home and stay away from Mel B and her daughters. According to her declaration, Mel B’s list of reasons for getting the restraining order are long and awful. She alleges that Stephen’s abuse began back in 2007. Mel B claims that while she was getting ready on the night of her Dancing with the Stars finale, he choked her and slammed her to the floor.
She claims he would get violent with her whenever she achieved “any measure of success” in an attempt to show her who was in charge. Like allegedly punching her with a closed fist in the face before she was scheduled to tape a segment for The X Factor. In 2014, Mel B swallowed a whole bottle of Aspirin on purpose. When she went to call 999 (aka British 911), Stephen allegedly threw her in her bedroom and told her to “Die, bitch.”
Mel B also accuses Stephen of pressuring her into threesomes with random women that he would then record. If she ever declined to participate, Mel B alleges he would threaten to release the sex tapes. Mel B also claims Stephen knocked up their nanny, coerced her into getting an abortion and then paid her off with $300,000 of Mel’s money.
Even though Stephen isn’t supposed to be near weapons (thanks to a domestic violence conviction), Mel B alleges he’s got one. TMZ says police raided Stephen and Mel B’s home on Saturday for weapons, but didn’t find anything. That investigation is still ongoing.
According to TMZ, there were lots of witnesses to Mel B’s injuries. At first people bought her abuse excuses, like when she claimed a swollen face was the result of a shellfish allergy. Then she started getting honest with people – like after she missed work on The X Factor UK because her injuries were too severe to be covered with TV makeup – but even then, the authorities never stepped in. One time her driver took her straight to the hospital where she stayed for two days, but charges were never made.
As for why Mel B took so long to leave, well, she claims she did try, several times. But Stephen was the kind of evil that would threaten to destroy her career and take her children away if she went through with it. Mel B says that the final straw came last month when Stephen allegedly told her to “suck it up” as her father was dying.
TMZ ran into Stephen as he was leaving their home yesterday. Not surprising, he denies everything.
Mel B needs more than just a restraining order. Mel B needs a month away in the happiest place on earth – the Spice World tour bus. There’s enough room inside for her and her three daughters to get their own room, with one left over for Posh (hey, she needs someone to drive it).