Geesh! Judge Orders Mel B. To Pay Big $$$ To Husband She Says Severely Abused Her
Spice Girl/America’s Got Talent judge, Mel B., is worth millions and based on the decision the judge just made regarding her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte, a big chunk of that pie is about to be depleted from her back account. *Scroll down to see spousal support details.*
Court Battle & Abuse Claims
Mel a.k.a. the mother of Eddie Murphy’s adorable daughter, has been battling Stephen in their pending divorce proceedings for months now. Just a few months ago, she filed for divorce because she was tired of Stephen allegedly using her body and face as a punching bag. She also claimed that she was tired of Stephen forcing her to have sex with other women. In addition to her physical abuse claims, Mel.’s words were reportedly then backed up with proof, after photos of her battered face were released online.
All of Mel B.’s claims, Stephen Belafonte has denied. However, Mel B. said that he’s abused her in front of many people throughout the years, so there are many witnesses. It was also reported that Simon Cowell, her fellow America’s Got Talent judge/producer, tried to help her leave Stephen’s alleged abusive ways, but to no avail.
Here’s What Mel B. Must Now Pay Estranged Husband
Fast forward to today though, and Mel B. has just been ordered to dish out $40,000 in temporary monthly spousal support and also one lump sum payment of $140,000 to Stephen. Check out what Stephen reportedly needs $40K a month for:
Via TMZ: Stephen Belafonte’s request for emergency spousal support was granted by a judge who agrees … he needs help paying for food, housing and his phone, among other things. It could have been worse for Mel. […] The order also includes a one-time payment of $140,000 for Stephen’s legal fees. So, Mel will have to cut a check for that, plus $40k monthly, until both sides work out their final divorce settlement.
Is Stephen Employed?
In case you’re wondering whether or not Stephen earns any bread of his own, a few months ago he said that after being kicked out of their L.A. family home, he had no place to live and very little money. In court docs he’d said that prior to he and Mel splitting, money was no object (uh…yeah, that’s because she had it). But after the split he said the negative publicity from the divorce caused him a $500K gig and now he could barely get by, according to a prior TMZ repot.
Word on the Old School curb is that Stephen was working at he and Mel’s Hollywood, Ca. restaurant, Serafina. Now that he’s about to get $40K monthly, buying juice, snacks and steaks for the fridge will be the least of his worries. Right now what the former Spice Girl probably “really, really wants” is for Stephen to get a better paying job.
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