Everything We Know About Mel B.\'s Troubling Divorce From Stephen Belafonte

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Everything We Know About Mel B.’s Troubling Divorce From Stephen Belafonte

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Everything We Know About Mel B.\'s Troubling Divorce From Stephen Belafonte

Since Mel B. filed for divorce from her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte, news about their reportedly abusive marriage continues to come out. 

From reports of a sex tape to Mel's restraining order, it appears something new is revealed every day.

Read through for all the latest updates.

Everything We Know About Mel B.\'s Troubling Divorce From Stephen Belafonte
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Stephen Allegedly Punched Her Dog

Stephen Allegedly Punched Her Dog

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Stephen's own brother Jeremiah Stansbury revealed to The Sun that he saw his brother punch Mel's dog, Lord, "full force" in the ribs.

The Spice Girl was not there to intervene.

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Mel's Restraining Order

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Mel's Restraining Order

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The 41-year-old filed a restraining order against her estranged husband, barring him from her and her three kids and removing him from the family home.

In the documents, obtained by TMZ, the singer notes multiple instances where her soon-to-be ex abused her during various performances and TV shows.

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Witnesses & Employers Ignored the Alleged Abuse

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Witnesses & Employers Ignored the Alleged Abuse

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After Stephen allegedly punched the singer in a fit of jealousy over her collaboration with Usher on X Factor Australia in 2012, the show's producers noticed the swelling and called a physician.

However, the doctor bought Mel's story that it was just an allergic reaction to shellfish, TMZ reports. 

Similarly, in 2014, she missed a taping of X Factor UK when she was so badly injured that theatrical makeup couldn't hide her bruises.

Her still visible wounds were never reported.

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Stephen Reportedly Impregnated the Nanny

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Stephen Reportedly Impregnated the Nanny

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In her sworn declaration court papers, documenting her claims of abuse against her husband, Mel also made allegations about Stephan having an affair with their former nanny, Lorraine Gilles.

Mel claims her ex had sexual relations with Lorraine and in 2014, he told her Lorraine was pregnant with his child.

Though Stephen reportedly wanted her to have the baby, in the end he used Mel's money to pay for Lorraine to have an abortion and a hotel stay for her.

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Stephen Denies the Abuse Allegations

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Stephen Denies the Abuse Allegations

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Stephen has denied all of Mel B.'s allegations to TMZ and also shared his concerns for what this will do to their children.

"We were friends two weeks ago and now all of a sudden the team gets around and it's got to be this?" he said.

You can see his full response above.

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Mel's Sister Slams Stephen on Instagram

Mel's Sister Slams Stephen on Instagram

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Though Mel and her sister Danielle Brown have been estranged for some time, she still took to Instagram to stick up for her sister.

"@stephenthinks11 8 years of abusive calls me and my mum have had stating we would never see Melanie again," she wrote in the caption. "I am laughing and celebrating as you were wrong."

"You are a sorry excuse of a man!!"

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Sharon Osbourne Weighs In

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Sharon Osbourne Weighs In

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On The Talk, the 64-year-old weighed in with her thoughts about the marriage between Mel and Stephen.

"It's not just physical, it's mental abuse too," she said. 

She then went on to discuss what happened when she and Mel B. were both judges on The X Factor UK together three years ago, revealing that Mel missed the first day of taping for the finale and had a black eye and bruising everywhere on the second.

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Mel Asks For Sole Custody Of Daughter Madison

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Mel Asks For Sole Custody Of Daughter Madison

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In her original petition for divorce, Mel had sought joint custody of her 5-year-old daughter Madison.

Now, she's asked to change her petition, looking to get permanent sole custody, according to the Daily Mail.

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Simon Cowell Supports Mel

Simon Cowell Supports Mel

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Ahead of the Britain's Got Talent launch, Simon Cowell opened up about his friend and fellow X Factor judge to The Sun.

"Yes, she's under pressure but I think she's in a good place," the 57-year-old said.

"I think she is a really, really special person, and I really respect the way she's dealt with everything."

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And He Convinced Mel to Leave

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And He Convinced Mel to Leave

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Simon could tell something was wrong between Mel B and her estranged husband for a long time, according to TMZ

Thankfully the former American Idol judge finally told the singer Stephen was a "bad guy" and wasn't good for her, which pushed her to leave. 

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Mel's Makeup Artist Confesses He Knew About the Abuse

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Mel's Makeup Artist Confesses He Knew About the Abuse

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Mel's longtime makeup artist has contacted the former Spice Girl's lawyers and offered to write a sworn declaration detailing what he's seen and heard over the years, TMZ reports. 

He claims he frequently had to cover up the singer's facial and body bruises and that she would confide in him about the injuries, but lie to others.

He also says Stephen knew Mel confided in him and threatened him multiple times.

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Stephen Is Reportedly Holding Photos of Mel's Father Hostage

Stephen Is Reportedly Holding Photos of Mel's Father Hostage

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Stephen is reportedly holding sex tapes of Mel, photos of her recently deceased father, and her Spice Girls memorabilia in a storage locker somewhere in L.A., TMZ reports.

To make matters worse, Mel discovered her ex has been using her money to pay for the locker since 2009 and it's under the name of their former nanny Lorraine Gilles.

Mel's lawyers have asked the judge to force Stephen to give them the address of the locker and the passwords, but the judge hasn't ruled on the request.

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Judge Stops Stephen From Releasing Sex Tapes

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Judge Stops Stephen From Releasing Sex Tapes

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After Stephen reportedly threatened to release the alleged sex tapes, the singer's lawyers were able to get a judge to prohibit him from distributing them, as well as photographs or other sexually explicit material, TMZ reports.

The judge has not yet given Mel's lawyers permission to get the address or password to the locker that Stephen is reportedly holding the tapes in, however.

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Mel B Ordered to Pay $40K/Month To Stephen

Mel B Ordered to Pay $40K/Month To Stephen

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A judge has ordered Mel B. to pay her estranged husband $40,000 a month in temporary spousal support, according to TMZ.

The former Spice Girls performer also has to pay him $140,000 for attorney and forensic fees. 

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Stephen Is Fighting For Custody of the Kids

Stephen Is Fighting For Custody of the Kids

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After Mel asked for full custody of their 5-year-old daughter Madison, Stephen is fighting back. 

He told the Sunday Mirror that he's going to fight for custody of Madison as well as Mel's older daughters — 18-year-old Phoenix Chi and nine-year-old Angel — from the singer's previous relationships with other men.

"I’m going to have to get off the phone because family court frowns on that. It is in the hands of my lawyers. My kids are the only thing that matter to me," Stephen told The Mirror


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Mel Was Granted a Restraining Order Against Her Nanny

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Mel Was Granted a Restraining Order Against Her Nanny

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The Spice Girls star filed a temporary restraining order against her former nanny, Lorraine Gilles, Thursday, April 12. 

This comes just one week after the singer was granted a restraining order against her estranged husband. 

According to Mel's lawyer, this order "prevents Ms. Gilles from annoying, harassing, molesting and coming within 100 yards of [his] client," according to TMZ.

The X Factor judge claims Stephen had an affair with the nanny during their marriage and got her pregnant. She also says Lorraine is extorting her and is threatening to release private information. 

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Stephen Believed Mel Was Having an Affair With Simon

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Stephen Believed Mel Was Having an Affair With Simon

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According to The Sun, Mel B's estranged husband believed she was having an affair with her fellow X Factor judge, Simon Cowell. 

In fact, he reportedly confronted her about the rumors in December 2014. 

“Stephen’s jealousy at that point was causing massive problems in the marriage — and he was convinced something was going on between her and Simon," a source said. 

“He did not like the fact Mel obviously looked up to him and spoke about him a lot."

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The Nanny's Suing Mel B. For Defamation

The Nanny's Suing Mel B. For Defamation

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Mel B.'s former nanny Lorraine Gilles is now suing Mel B. for defamation, according to People magazine.

Lorraine claims she met Mel B. and her husband in 2009 after just arriving to the U.S. from Germany. According to her, the former Spice Girl seduced her and they had consensual group sex. They then maintained a sexual relationship for seven years.

She also refutes Mel B.'s claims that she was ever pregnant with Stephen's child, though she does admit she had an abortion, but it was after a one-night stand, which Mel B. allegedly knew about.

Lorraine is suing for libel, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She's also seeking unspecified damages.

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Mel B Confirms Threesomes With the Nanny

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Mel B Confirms Threesomes With the Nanny

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The singer admits to having three-ways with her estranged husband and the then-nanny, Lorraine Gilles, but says the two of them crossed the line when they had sex without her. 

In fact, the pop star says the pair had sex without her knowledge for years, according to TMZ

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Nanny Further Denies Affair Claims

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In documents filed in California's Superior Court on Friday, August 11, Mel's former nanny Lorraine claims she had sex "multiple times a week" with the Spice Girl over a seven-year period and only slept with Stephen on the singer's "instruction." 

"I never had any sexual relations with Stephen without Melanie's instruction and without ­Melanie's actual or apparent consent. At no point did I represent to Melanie that I was pregnant with Stephen's child.

"The only times Stephen and I had sex was when Melanie instructed Stephen and I to do so. Or when Melanie herself invited her husband to join us in the bedroom, at which point Melanie would often serve as the 'camera man' and record the sexual encounter or take part in the menage a trois herself."


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Since Mel B. filed for divorce from her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte, news about their reportedly abusive marriage continues to come out. 

From reports of a sex tape to Mel's restraining order, it appears something new is revealed every day.

Read through for all the latest updates.