And to think: a bad day at Posh’s palace is if one of the nannies tries to give the kids gluten! Juuuuuuust when you thought the hot mess express that was Mel B and Stephen Belafonte’s divorce was in the rear-view mirror, it rears its ugly head. Mel’s tattoo removal surgeon apparently didn’t go deep enough in that symbolic “get rid of his name, get rid of him” procedure because they’re apparently back in court fighting for visitation rights after it emerged he showed all three of Mel’s daughters videos of ISIS beheading individuals.
People reports Mel filed papers in Los Angeles on March 1 that accuse Stephen of showing the beheading videos to her daughters Phoenix (her daughter with Jimmy Gulzar), Angel (her daughter with Eddie Murphy), and Madison (their daughter). Mel (like the rest of us) expresses in the papers how she doesn’t know the fuck why Stephen felt an ISIS beheading was more appropriate than, say, a re-run of America’s Funniest Home Videos:
“When I was not present, Stephen thought it was funny or educational (I still do not know) to play videos of ISIS beheading individuals. This was entirely inappropriate for such young girls, who do not understand what is happening in the videos. Angel has repeatedly told me about these videos and that she was scared and frightened that Stephen would expose her to such gruesome images.”
Mel wants to put the kibosh on Stephen having any visitation rights with Angel. Stephen has allegedly been trying to get in touch with Angel by slipping his phone number into a teddy bear he told Madison to give to his sister. Someone he does not appear to want to have contact with is Phoenix, who said he played a video of ISIS beheading men with chainsaws during her 16th birthday trip. I don’t think that’s the kind of lasting sweet 16th birthday memory you really want to have.
Phoenix said in a declaration that Mel packs all her kids’ lunches (which I was surprised to learn), and that Stephen ate hers and was cruel to their now-deceased Labrador. I may have a crater for where a heart should go, but, in my book, picking on the pooch is enough to send this dude to Sing Sing! Phoenix added more:
“I never bonded with Stephen because he would call me names such as: ‘retarded’ and ‘stupid.’ He would do things which upset me… He would be very aggressive with Angel and Maddie if they broke the ‘rules,’ like talking when he was on the phone. He would just yell really up close to them.”
And I thought Mel would never get into a messier domestic spat than the one she got into with Eddie Murphy way back when (it even got Posh in a tizzy!). Eddie wouldn’t recognize Angel as his own until there was a paternity test after she was born. Mel has said in the past that Angel basically views Stephen as her dad, but The Sun said back in August that Eddie and Mel were forging a “respectful” relationship, and Eddie was supporting her legal battle to strip Stephen of visitation rights. I guess the silver-lining in all of this is now we can write off the $900 the Spice Girls are charging for their “We’re not going on a tour” tour as a charitable donation to the Keep Creepy AF ISIS Videos Away From Mel B’s Kids Legal Defense Fund!