The details of Mel B’s messy divorce from Stephen Belafonte have, so far, followed a bit of a formula. Allow me to put my glasses on and approach the chalkboard. If X represents drama and Y equals the length of this mess, then X = Y + (shit Stephen Belafonte has done x The Nanny). For those following along at home, the solution for X is = VERY MUCH DRAMA. But it always seemed like any drama was the result of Stephen being Stephen. Well, TMZ has a new development, and it looks like Mel B might have found herself representing X in a sticky legal situation.
Mel B and Stephen faced off in court for the first time last Friday. Stephen reportedly showed up extremely late. Mel B’s lawyers asked the judge to modify the details of Mel B’s case against her former nanny, Lorraine Gilles, from civil harassment to domestic violence. The lawyers were arguing the alleged relationship between Mel B, Nanny Lorraine, and Stephen, classify any harassment as a domestic issue. That would, in turn, make it easier for Mel B’s restraining order to become a permanent one.
Anyway, onto the most recent issue. TMZ says that Sisterhood of Hip Hop star and rapper Siya was prepared to testify on behalf of Stephen in a future court date. Siya filed a police report yesterday claiming that Mel B pulled some Mafia Spice tactics and allegedly sent some intimidating texts to Siya strongly encouraging her to keep her mouth shut. Siya’s testimony would have allegedly contradicted any claims Mel B made that Stephen was an abusive asshole.
Siya was also going to testify about Mel B’s alleged drug use. On September 1st, Stephen Belafonte filed documents accusing Mel B of spicing up her life with cocaine and booze. Mel B vaguely denied the accusations, saying that she refuses “to be a victim” and that the truth would come out in court. If the text messages on Siya’s phone are true, it sounds like Mel B might have been afraid of what alleged truths Siya was going to expose in court.
TMZ says that Siya went to the police with the text messages, and police have reportedly opened a felony investigation against Mel B.
Sources close to Mel B are side-eyeing Siya’s allegations of witness intimidation. They also doubt Siya’s relationship to Mel B. Siya reportedly claims she was good friends with both Stephen and Mel B, whereas sources close to Mel B claim Mel B has only met Siya a handful of times.
I don’t exactly know what Mel B allegedly said in those text messages. Maybe Mel B can argue that she was just texting Spice Girls lyrics. “Get your act together we could be just fine – see, that’s just Wannabe. And I’m sure that part that says ‘or else’ was just my phone’s attempt at autocorrecting zigazigah.”