Mel B is granted a temporary restraining order against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte

 

Mel B is granted a temporary restraining order against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte

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Mel B is granted a temporary restraining order against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte

Former spice girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown has received a temporary restraining order against her husband, Stephen Belafonte, according to the paperwork obtained by ABC News.

In addition to Brown, Belafonte has been ordered to stay away from his 5-year-old daughter Madison. He has also been ordered to stay away from Brown’s sons, Phoenix, 18, and Angel, 10, of Relationships.

In the document, which was filed Monday, the singer alleged that Belafonte participated in abusive behavior during her nearly 10 years of marriage, including physical assault, verbal threats and stalking.

ABC News’s attempts to reach Belafonte have not been successful.

“I am afraid of my safety and I am afraid of suffering irreparable damage as a result of [Belafonte’s] threats,” he wrote. “I fear [he] will carry out his threats against me that will collaterally harm the children.”

Brown, 41, marries Belafonte, also 41, in 2007, after a short procession and shortly after the birth of Angel, his daughter with Eddie Murphy. By the time they met, Belafonte stated that “he was very present for me and my newborn,” but shortly after his marriage, “his kindness quickly became sour when he became controlling, manipulative, and abusive.”

Brown added that after a year of marriage, she tried to leave Belafonte, but said that every time she did, she threatened to release intimate videos to the tabloids, a tactic she claimed she also used to force her into uncomfortable sexual situations. He also claimed that he physically attacked her, called their names, and took “millions of dollars.”

“I would realize that [his] beatings and abuses would coincide with my professional success,” he said. “When something good would happen for me, he would hit me down to let me know he was in charge.”

Mel B is granted a temporary restraining order against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte

Brown said she became determined in her decision to leave Belafonte after she claimed that she took her passport to bar him from spending time with his father before dying last month. As a result, he wrote, he could only spend a few days with him before he died.

“After informing him of my decision [to divorce] and moving home on March 18, 2017, [he] again threatened that if I did not separate myself in a manner acceptable to him, I would ruin myself by releasing the Videos he claims to have Made of me “.

A hearing has been scheduled for April 24.                                                                                                                                         

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