Mel B was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte after alleging that he beat and threatened her throughout their nearly 10-year marriage.
Mel B, whose real name is Melanie Brown, describes the alleged abuse she’s suffered, which she claims started almost immediately after the two married in 2007 following a two-month courtship. According to Brown, 41, she tried to leave her husband multiple times before they separated in December but that he threatened her with violence and said he would “destroy her life in every possible way.”
“I desperately wanted to leave the relationship and tried to do so during our first year of marriage and every year thereafter,” Brown alleges in the court papers. “When I threatened to leave, he informed me he has videos of our sex life and other private moments. He would threaten that if I left, he would release the videos to the tabloids. I have lived the past decade in fear that [he] would release intimate videos of me that would embarrass me and damage my reputation and my career.”
“He often times demanded that I participate in sexual intercourse with him and random women that he brought back to our hotel rooms,” she also alleges. “If I objected to participating, he would threaten to release compromising videos of me. He would often times surreptitiously videotape these encounters, and, if I discovered the recordings, would beg him to delete them.”