Former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice) has been granted a restraining order against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte this week because she and her three children now fear for their lives.

The singer made several accusations against Stephen, all of which paint their relationship as a true nightmare filled with physical violence, emotional torment, and sexual blackmail.

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The abuse allegedly began in 2007, around the time the two got married. The film producer allegedly physically assaulted her, including the first occasion of physical violence after the Dancing With the Stars finale in 2007. “When something good would happen for me, 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”), Stephen allegedly coerced Mel B into unwanted threesomes and other sexual acts with random women by threatening to release his private sex tapes of her to the public. That includes the nanny he impregnated too.

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On the contrary, Stephen claims he’s ‘shocked’ by the allegations. “So I force her to have threesomes? Ok. You know what my comment to this is actually because that is the mother of my children. I really, really, really am really distraught in my brain how this is going to affect our children and the depths that she’s gone to,” he said to the press.

In regard to her claim that he has a gun, “I think someone’s trying to set me up to look like a bad guy. You saw my house got raided and no one found anything,” he continued. “It’s accusation after accusation, but we’ll have our day in court.”

 

In November 2016, the Spice Girls alum’s father was dying from cancer and she says she wanted to travel to the U.K. to be with him, but had to stay in New York for “contractual obligations.”

She further believes that he hid her passport to intentionally delay her trip to England until after her father’s death, and claims she was forced to get an emergency passport. Thankfully, she arrived in Leeds just days before her father died in March.

She made the decision to file for divorce shortly thereafter.

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