Stephen Belafonte is breaking his silence over Mel B’s domestic abuse claims.
As the divorce battle heats up, the Spice Girls’ ex is denying her charges of a decade of abuse, calling them “outrageous and unfounded”.
Speaking through his lawyers, Belafonte tells TMZ , “It’s a shame that Ms. Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter. In due course, Mr. Belafonte will be filing his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms. Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies.”
According to claims by Mel B, the singer says she suffered repeated physical abuse at the hands of Belafonte. In documents filed with the court, the former Spice Girl alleges she was beaten multiple times by her estranged ex and was the victim of a revenge porn blackmail scam. She also claims Belafonte allegedly impregnated the couple’s nanny and years of intimidation and abuse at his hands drove her to a suicide attempt in 2014.
Belafonte’s statement refuting claims by the “America’s Got Talent” host continues: “When the Court determines the truth, it will become clear that this entire charade was nothing more than a smear campaign intended to cover up Ms. Brown’s own conduct during the marriage in light of her current involvement with a family television show, and in an effort to unfairly gain leverage both financially and with respect to custody of the children.”
“When the degree to which Ms. Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr. Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse will be understandably offended, angry and upset. Mr. Belafonte is confident that the truth will come out when he has his day in court at which time he looks forward to being reunited with his children. What matters most to Mr. Belafonte is the safety and well-being of his daughters and step-daughters,” the statement reads.
On Monday, Mel B was granted a temporary restraining order against Belafonte.
Meanwhile, Sharon Osbourne took to the airwaves on Wednesday’s edition of “The Talk” to support of her fellow “X Factor” judge, claiming that Mel B wasn’t just subjected to physical abuse throughout her marriage, but “mental abuse” as well.
“In the situation that she’s been in for 10 years it’s not just physical, it’s mental abuse too,” says Osbourne, recalling when Mel B was forced to miss an “X Factor” taping due to allegedly being beaten by Belafonte.
“The final two days of ‘X Factor’ she didn’t make the first day and she was in hospital,” Osbourne adds. “And it was reported in all the papers that said ‘allegedly’ she’d been beaten by her husband…and she came back for the final day and she had a black eye and bruising everywhere, but she made the final. This has been brewing and people talking for a very, very long time. You know what, she’s a good girl. She’s a great mother. She works her bum off.”