Soon-to-be ex-husband Stephen Belafonte talks his estranged wife Mel B.’s abuse allegations. Through his lawyers, the 41-year-old producer expressed his disappointment in his wife’s choice to make the divorce proceedings messy.
On Monday, April 3, a judge issued a restraining order against Stephen Belafonte. This forced the film producer to move out of his home in Hollywood Hills and stay at least 100 yards away from his wife, Melanie Brown, and her 3 kids.
The restraining order came as an effect of Mel B.’s abuse allegations, filed on Monday, by her lawyers and is valid until April 23, when the next court hearing for the divorce will take place. The documents were obtained by ET and in them, the America’s Got Talent judge said she was in fear for her safety and the safety of her children.
In response to her abuse claims, Stephen Belafonte’s lawyers issued a statement saying that he was disappointed that his wife had chosen “not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter.” He denies her allegations and calls them “outrageous and unfounded”.
Belafonte’s lawyers also claim that what Brown is making is a charade and a smear campaign “intended to cover up Ms. Brown’s own conduct during the marriage” and that real victims of domestic abuse will be offended by her choice of using false abuse allegations “to unfairly gain leverage both financially and with respect to custody of the children.”
The lawyers wrapped-up by saying their client was confident that the truth would prevail and they would patiently be waiting for that moment. Until then, he is asking for privacy for him and the children.
Belafonte will soon file his response to Mel B.’s abuse allegations.
When she filed for divorce, in March, Mel B. put in the papers more than enough reasons for making the separation official as soon as possible. She accused Belafonte of violent behavior towards her, which began just a little after they married, in 2007. She also said that he had been cheating on her with their nanny, Lorraine Gilles, whom he got pregnant, then forced to do an abortion.
Some people in Mel B.’s entourage say that it’s great she finally got away from him, because he was not only violent, but also controlling. “He had his assistant keep track of Mel anytime she was out of town away from him”, they told ET.
At the same time, Belafonte’s camp denies the claims, calling them “all lies”. They especially denied the nanny affair or, more precisely, the pregnancy rumors. “I know he didn’t [get her pregnant.] It’s fake.”, a source told ET.