A shocking court filing by former Spice Girl, Mel B, claims that her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, brutally abused her, and had an affair with their nanny. The court filing instituted a temporary restraining order against her husband for numerous physical attacks throughout their marriage. They were only married for about six months when the attacks began, which coincided with her international success on television. Although the woman known as Scary Spice, whose real name is Melanie Brown, covered for the abuse in the beginning, the violence escalated after the Spice Girls’ appearance at the London Olympics in 2012, which eventually led to a suicide attempt. He threatened her with the release of a sex tape after angrily accusing her of a flirtation with another singer. Belafonte also engaged in sexual relations with the nanny, which resulted in the woman becoming pregnant. At the court filing, Mel B was granted custody of their five-year-old daughter with no visitation for the father until a follow-up hearing.
When domestic violence becomes part of a marriage like in former Spice Girl, Mel B’s marriage, it may lead to the disassembling of the union and leave behind lasting mental and emotional trauma for the victimized party. If children are involved in the dissolution of a marriage, especially with abuse at its foundation, careful planning and consideration is needed to protect the children and the victim.
For more information on domestic violence matters, and how we can assist you, contact our New Jersey divorce lawyers at Lyons & Associates PC at 908-575-9777. To schedule a consultation, contact us online. We represent individuals with unresolved family law matters throughout New Jersey at our offices in Bedminster, Bridgewater, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge.