Jesse Williams, I’m sorry, but yours is not the only messy divorce situation that will have people shaking their heads today. You’ve got to share with Mel B and Stephen Belafonte, who is – can you believe it? – still allegedly acting like a total headache.
TMZ says that Mel B has recently filed documents accusing Stephen Belafonte of using their divorce to get attention and publicity. If Stephen was a Spice Girl, it sounds like he’d be Pap-Calling Spice. Mel B claims that there are so many photographers waiting when she drops off their 5-year-old daughter for visits with Stephen. Mel B thinks Stephen is calling up the paps and tipping them off with the visitation schedule:
“While [Stephen] may enjoy the media attention, the minor child of this marriage did not ask to be placed in the center of this mounting storm.”
Mel B wants a judge to seal their divorce drama shut. Sorry Stephen, no public divorce exploiting for you! Sources close to Stephen tell TMZ that he “absolutely denies” calling the paps or using their divorce messiness to get press attention.
She also has requested not to testify in open court regarding Stephen’s alleged abuse, saying that it would be “further abuse” for her. A hearing has been set for next month. That’s not the only upcoming court appointment in Mel B’s date book. The Daily Mail says that on Tuesday, Mel B’s former nanny Lorraine Gilles won the right to a jury trial. Lorraine filed a defamation lawsuit against Mel B for portraying her as a “homewrecker, prostitute, and extortionist.” Page Six says that Mel B will have to provide an on-camera deposition about her relationship with Nanny Lorraine, including getting into the nitty-gritty of their alleged threesomes. There is also a chance that Mel B might be called to testify against Nanny Lorraine in court.
Nanny Lorraine’s lawsuit has already reportedly cost Mel B £195,000 (or $251,100). Both Mel B and Nanny Lorraine are reportedly being urged by a judge to settle out of court. If Mel B loses the lawsuit, she could potentially have to cut Nanny Lorraine a check for £1.56 million ($2 million).
Mel B clearly already has enough on her plate without Stephen Belafonte weaseling his way back into Mel B’s life and causing more drama. But, I do understand that a check is a check, and he’s got to make a little extra spending cash somehow. What he doesn’t realize is that the real money isn’t in a pap picture of Mel B dropping off their daughter; it’s in getting a clear shot of Stephen going to work. Seriously, I know Stephen claims to have a job, but I can’t find any photographic evidence anywhere of him working. I bet someone would pay Bigfoot and Nessie dollars for a picture of that.