The messiest situation to happen regarding a Spice Girl since Nicola went into labor at the club continues. Mel B now has two restraining orders. One is against her estranged husband and alleged abuser Stephen Belafonte, and TMZ says she now has one against her ex-nanny Lorraine Gilles.
Stephen and Lorraine – aka the nanny he allegedly knocked up and forced to get an abortion on Mel B’s dime – were allegedly holding a storage locker full of Mel B’s memories, sex tapes, and Spice Girl memorabilia hostage. Mel B claimed Stephen and Lorraine were using the contents of the storage locker as collateral in an extortion attempt that dates back to 2015. According to TMZ, part of their extortion plan was to threaten Mel B with the release of the sex tapes unless she agreed to re-hire Lorraine as a nanny and give her a raise.
Mel B’s lawyers recently got a court order to get into the storage locker, which is Lorraine’s. She also got a restraining order against Lorraine. A judge ordered Lorraine to stay 100 yards away from Mel B and not remove anything from the storage locker. It sounds like Lorraine might have been secretly crossing her fingers when she agreed to that last one. TMZ says that things didn’t go well when Mel B went to the storage locker.
Mel B was expecting to find between 12 and 15 boxes worth of her things inside the unit. When the storage unit people finally let Mel B enter the unit, she found none of her stuff inside. Mel B and her lawyers left the storage unit yesterday with nothing.
Stephen’s lawyer Grace Jamra tells TMZ that there was no extortion attempt, that Stephen and Lorraine were never in cahoots, and that Lorraine was fired before anything was hidden in storage. She adds that Mel B’s memorabilia did go into a storage locker, but it was agreed upon because she and Stephen were selling their home and decided it should be put in a safe place. And then she basically called Mel B a drama queen.
“Unfortunately, it appears that Ms. Brown is creating further hysteria and seeking meaningless Court orders,” adding, they are waiting for Mel B’s lawyers to call and arrange a time and date for inventory of the storage locker. Jamra says, “It will be clear to everyone that there are no sex tapes in the storage.”
That’s not to say Stephen isn’t involved in any extortion attempts. He went to the LAPD several days ago crying that an ex was trying to extort him. Police sources tell TMZ that Stephen claims a former girlfriend has threatened to come out with made-up stories of alleged abuse unless he handed over a significant amount of cash. Stephen went to the police instead. I mean, of course he did. That ex-girlfriend didn’t think that one through. You can’t extort someone who is already rumored to be extorting someone. That’s why they’re extorting – they need the cash. She should have asked for Spice Girls memorabilia, since it’s pretty clear Stephen still has access to that.