Mel B Granted Restraining Order Against Estranged Husband
Spice Girl Melanie ‘Mel B’ Brown has been granted a restraining order against her estranged husband after filing court papers claiming he had emotionally and physically abused her for much of their 10-year marriage.
The British singer, 41, said her husband, TV producer Stephen Belafonte, had beaten her and destroyed her self esteem, threatening to leak a sex tape to the media if she left him, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court to support her request for a restraining order.
The request was granted on Monday and a full hearing was scheduled on April 24.
Representatives for Brown did not immediately return requests for comment on Tuesday.
Brown, known as “Scary Spice” in the 1990s British girl group, filed for divorce last month in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences.
Belafonte told celebrity website TMZ in an interview on Monday, “I am shocked at those allegations… I think someone is trying to set me up to look like a bad guy.”
The couple married in 2007 and have a five year-old daughter. Brown has two other children from previous relationships.