Mel B’s Claims About Her Husband’s Violence and Emotional Torment Are Horrific

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Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice) received a restraining order against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte this week because she and her three children now “fear for their lives.” Per TMZ, the singer made several accusations against Belafonte, all of which paint their relationship as a true nightmare filled with physical violence, emotional torment, and sexual blackmail.


The abuse allegedly began in 2007, around the time the two got married. Belafonte allegedly “placed both of his hands around her neck, began choking her and slammed her down onto the hardwood floors” on the night of Brown’s Dancing With the Stars finale. “When she achieved any measure of success,” writes TMZ, “he would ‘beat me down to let me know he was in charge.’”

In addition to the physical violence (during which he would reportedly shout things like “die bitch”), Belafonte allegedly coerced Brown into unwanted threesomes and other sexual acts with “random women” by threatening to release his private sex tapes of her to the public.

Belafonte told TMZ all of Brown’s claims were “untrue.”


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just goes to show how you can never truly know what goes on behind closed doors. women who are subject to domestic abuse like this are very good at maintaining face to ensure that nothing is thought to be amiss. its why people come up with these bullshit stories like, ‘they always seemed happy’ yeah moron that’s because otherwise her life would have been in danger if she didn’t put on a happy face. mel b has been very active in the public eye all these years (Americas got talent) and I’m sure most people had no idea