Stephen Belafonte Files £5m Defamation Lawsuit Over Mel B's Abuse Allegations
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Stephen Belafonte Files £5m Defamation Lawsuit Over Mel B's Abuse Allegations

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Stephen Belafonte Files £5m Defamation Lawsuit Over Mel B's Abuse Allegations

Mel B Faces £5M Lawsuit

Former Spice Girl Mel B could be hit with a defamation lawsuit worth up to £5 million, initiated by her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte. The 49-year-old artist has made public claims of abuse throughout their ten-year marriage, which she alleges was characterized by numerouschallenges.

In response, Belafonte asserts that Mel B has intentionally engaged in a widespread effort to tarnish his reputation and cause him substantial emotional distress. This legal battle comes to light following detailed reports from The Mirror, underscoring the severity of the accusations and the potential ramifications on both parties' public images.

The couple, who married in 2007, ended their tumultuous relationship in 2018. Mel B detailed the alleged abuse in her memoir, Brutally Honest, which Belafonte vehemently denies.

A source quoted by The Mirror said, "It’s a cruel continuation of his abuse, conveniently timed around her birthday on May 29. But given his past behavior, it’s not surprising."

Belafonte argues that the allegations of domestic violence brought against him by Mel B starting in 2017 are part of a sustained campaign of harassment against him. Despite these accusations being later dismissed, the repercussions were significant, as noted by Express. He claims that her baseless charges, which included accusations of rape, unlawful gun possession, sex trafficking, producing illegal pornography, domestic battery, and child endangerment, resulted in him being barred from his home and losing contact with his children.

Legal documents reveal text exchanges between Mel B and Geri Halliwell, suggesting Mel B saw charity work as a personal financial opportunity.
These revelations raise questions about the true intentions behind their charitable activities, potentially impacting the Spice Girls' legacy and future philanthropic efforts.

Belafonte also accuses Mel B of having a "serious substance abuse problem," including cocaine use.

Their marriage ended when Mel B filed for divorce in 2017, concluding nearly ten years together.

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