Stephen Belafonte calls Mel B's abuse allegations 'a smear campaign' and claims 'real victims and survivors of domestic violence will be offended when the truth comes out in court'
- Stephen Belafonte's lawyers have issued a statement claiming Mel B's allegations are a 'smear campaign intended to cover up her own conduct during the marriage'
- They also claim that Mel's 'outrageous' and 'unfounded' claims will 'offend real victims and survivors of domestic violence'
- This comes in light of the singer arriving at her Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday, before going on to pay her lawyer a visit
- Appearance comes amid claims she was pestered for threesomes by Belafonte
- Mel filed for divorce last month
- Made string of allegations in a restraining order application filed on Monday
- Details allegations of abuse dating back from the year of their marriage and alleges he abused her in front of the children
- Alleges Belafonte 'pushed her on a carpet' the day before Olympics performance
- Says she overdosed on aspirin but Belafonte blocked her from calling ambulance
- Claims he forced her to have threesomes and threatened to release sex tapes
- Singer says she was 'emotionally weak' when she married Belafonte
- Film producer allegedly told her she was 'worthless' on multiple occasions
- 'Suck it up. If he's going to die, he's going to die,' he reportedly told her as father Martin lost his battle with cancer and claims he hid her passport
- Belafonte denies claims, saying 'someone wants to set me up as the bad guy'
A statement on behalf of Stephen Belafonte has been issued against his estranged ex Mel B - claiming her allegations of domestic abuse are 'outrageous' and 'unfounded.'
The film producer's lawyers told 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.'
Continuing on, the statement reads: '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.'
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Speaking out: Stephen Belafonte's lawyers has been issued against his estranged ex Mel B - claiming her allegations of domestic abuse are 'outrageous' and 'unfounded' and serve as a 'smear campaign intended to cover up her own conduct during the marriage'
'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.'
It was also added: 'What matters most to Mr. Belafonte is the safety and well-being of his daughters and step-daughters.'
This comes in light of Mel filing a restraining order against Stephen, 41 - in light of a horrific catalogue of abuse revealed in damning new court documents.
On Wednesday, a defiant Mel was seen arriving at the Hollywood Hills property she once shared with Belafonte.
His side of the story: The statement also claims that claims will 'understandably offend, anger and upset real victims and survivors of domestic violence'. It also reads that Stephen 'is confident that the truth will come out'
Stepping out: This comes after Mel, 41, was seen arriving at the Hollywood Hills property she once shared with film producer Belafonte
Mel looked glamorous in a sleeveless brown midi-dress and peep toe boots as she made her way inside, her eyes shielded behind a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses,
Despite the acrimonious nature of her separation from Belafonte and subsequent allegations about his volatile behavior Mel appeared to be in good spirits as she chatted with a friend.
The singer later paid a visit to her lawyer's office in Beverly Hills, where she was seen removing her sunglasses before making her way inside.
Defiant: Despite the allegations, the songstress sported a high-spirted demeanour
Allegations: The singer alleges she has had millions of dollars taken from her by Belafonte - and claims he treated the nanny as his wife - even impregnating her
Upbeat: Despite the acrimony surrounding her separation from Belafonte Mel appeared to be in a cheerful mood
Onwards and upwards: The singer is moving on after filing divorce papers against her husband of ten years
Stylish: The singer looked glamorous in a sleeveless brown dress with a cinched waistline
TMZ report she would be harassed into visiting Hefner’s Holmby Hills home ‘for hours on end’ by Belafonte until she finally relented.
Sources allege Mel would often express reluctance to visit the sprawling property, shared by the publishing magnate with a select group of his Playboy Bunnies.
But once there she would be 'plied with alcohol' by her husband, who allegedly urged her to engage in threesomes.
MailOnline has contacted Mel's representatives for further comment.
Claims: Mel claims she was subject to racist slurs, as well as emotional and physical violence in front of her children
Previously filed court documents have revealed a horrific catalogue of abuse against the British star during her ten-year marriage to Belafonte.
The papers, which follow her application for a temporary restraining order, see Mel claim she was subject to racist slurs, as well as emotional and physical violence in front of her children.
The singer alleges she has had millions of dollars taken from her - and claims Stephen treated the nanny as his wife - even impregnating her.
Mel states in the documents: 'I am in fear for my safety and that of my children... Likewise the Respondent's emotional and physical abuse of Petitioner in the presence of the minor child is tantamount to abuse of the minor child.'
Incoming: The singer was behind the wheel of her cars she pulled into the driveway of her Hollywood property
Devastating: Belafonte's horrific catalogue of abuse against Mel has been revealed in damning new court documents
Attack: Mel also claims Belafonte called her a 'f***ing monkey,' in a racist slur during a campaign of terror
She continues: 'I have tried to leave the Respondent many times. Every time I tried, the Respondent threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every way.
'He said he would destroy my career and take my kids from me. He threatened to release sexually explicit videotapes claiming I would never again work in the entertainment industry.'
Mel also claims Belafonte called her a 'f***ing monkey,' in a racist slur during a campaign of terror.
New claims: Mel would be ‘hounded and cajoled’ into threesomes with estranged husband Belafonte at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion prior to their abrupt separation, sources claim
Not keen: Sources allege she would often express reluctance to visit the sprawling property, shared by the publishing magnate with a select group of of his Playboy Bunnies (file photo)
Horrific: Mel's FULL catalogue of abuse has been revealed in harrowing court documents
Happier times: She claims the 'emotional and physical abuse of Petitioner in the presence of the minor child is tantamount to abuse of the minor child' (the family pictured in 2015)
Shocking: Court documents reveal the horrific campaign of abuse which former Spice Girl Mel B claims her 'monster' husband Stephen Belafonte waged against her
She claims he treated nanny Lorraine Gilles as his wife telling Mel that she raises the children better than her and she's a younger, better looking model.
She alleges he gave her tens of thousands of pounds of Mel's cash, including $300,000 for 'nanny services' and claims she was paid to have an abortion after she fell pregnant with his child.
The court documents come after Mel B obtained a restraining order application against estranged husband Stephen, alleging he abused her physically and mentally in front of the children and coerced her into taking part in threesomes throughout their ten year marriage.
Terrible: Mel made a string of explosive and disturbing claims in her court declaration for the restraining order which forces Stephen to stay away from her and her three children.
She made a string of explosive and disturbing claims in her court declaration for the restraining order which forces Stephen to stay away from her and her three children.
The catalogue of historical allegations of abuse listed by TMZ include Belafonte 'punching' and 'choking' Mel, 'splitting her lip' and 'pushing her down on a carpet'.
Mel, who filed for divorce from the producer last month, alleges the psychological and physical abuse dates back to the first year of their marriage, in 2007.
In the papers, Mel claims that Stephen forced her to 'participate in sexual intercourse with him and random women.'
Upsetting: In the documents, Mel alleges that the abuse became part of a 'pattern'. When she became successful, Stephen 'would beat me down to let me know he was in charge'
The former Spice Girl suggests that during their marriage, she was coerced into trysts that he secretly record and later used as ammunition against her, threatening to release as sex tapes 'if she tried to resist the threesomes'.
Mel says she begged him to delete the tapes.
There is also the explosive revelation that Stephen got their nanny pregnant and even suggested 'all three [of them] live together' with the new baby.
The nanny was paid allegedly 'paid' to have an abortion and received $300,000 in alleged 'nanny services' according to the filing.
Bruised: Mel has catalogued a history of violence against estranged husband Stephen in a court filing as she obtained a restraining order against him
MEL'S CASE AGAINST STEPHEN
Threatened to release sex tapes if she did not not take part in threesomes
Stephen reportedly 'paid the couple's nanny $300,000' of Mel's money for 'nanny services' and paid for her to have an abortion, after impregnating her and suggesting the trio live and raise the baby together
Kept Mel 'locked in her bedroom' unable to call emergency services after she took an overdose in 2014
- 'Choked' her and 'slammed' her down on hardwood floors before Dancing With The Stars appearance
- 'Split her lip' in a jealous rage after she danced with Usher at The X Factor in 2012
- 'Punched' and 'pushed' her to the floor causing severe burns before Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012
- Left 'cuts' and 'bruises' on the Spice Girl before the X Factor UK 2014 live shows, leading to her hospitalisation
Belafonte is also alleged to have shown his wife little sympathy as her beloved father Martin lost his battle with cancer and hid her passport so she couldn't travel.
TMZ claim the film producer allegedly told her to 'Suck it up. If he's going to die, he's going to die.'
The U.S website also repeats claims that things turned violent in the marriage, despite previous denials from both camps.
In one incident, the papers allege: 'Stephen placed both of his hands around her neck, began choking her and slammed her down onto the hardwood floors' while she was preparing for U.S. talent show Dancing With The Stars.
It is claimed that although some friends and family members had asked Mel about her injuries and offered to call the police on her behalf, she begged them not to as she feared for her own life and theirs if Belafonte were to find out.
In the documents, Mel alleges that the abuse became part of a 'pattern'. When she became successful, Stephen 'would beat me down to let me know he was in charge.'
She also alleges Belafonte 'punched her and split her lip' after becoming jealous while she filmed a segment with Usher for the X Factor back in 2012.
After asking her husband how she could appear on television with the obvious injury, Belafonte allegedly told her 'she should have thought of that before deciding to flirt with and f*** Usher.'
It has now emerged that a concerned Simon Cowell attempted to help the star escape her marriage in 2014.
According to The Sun, the mogul was horrified by Stephen's alleged control over Mel's finances - leaving her without access to her own cash during the X Factor finale in 2014 - and tried to intervene with legal advice and offering a hotel room to stay.
A source told the newspaper: 'Although no one was sure what was going on, Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned at The X Factor finale in 2014.
Intervention? Simon Cowell reportedly introduced Mel to divorce lawyers after becoming concerned about her relationship with Stephen Belafonte
'In the days afterwards, following her release from hospital, they tried to help her leave Belafonte. They introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it.'
A Syco spokesperson said: 'Melanie is hugely admired and respected by everyone at Syco and on both the X Factor and America’s Got Talent.
'We have always supported her whenever she has requested and we will continue to do so.'
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Mel B and Simon Cowell for comment.
Furthermore, Belafonte 'punched' Mel and 'pushed her down on a carpet' the day before she and the Spice Girls performed at the Olympic closing ceremony.
Mel claims her injuries were so severe her skin was burned from the carpet, adding that she was then forced by her estranged husband to 'tweet that she injured herself by running in heels.'
Bruised: Mel's appearance on the X Factor back in 2014, sparked concern among fans with Belafonte taking to Twitter to deny he was a 'wife beater'
Severe: Mel has now filed a court application cataloguing allegations of her estranged husband's violence
Tweet denial: Stephen was forced to slam accusations he was a 'wife beater' back in December 2014
'I haven't heard these allegations. You know what my comment on this is, as this is the mother of my children? I'm really really distraught my brain (sic) how this is going to affect our children. and the depths that she's gone to. That's it. I'm shocked at those allegations and that's what it is.
'I think someone's set me up to look like a bad guy. Obviously you saw my house got raided and nobody found anything. It's accusation after accusation. But we'll have our day in court.
'And we have children. If anyone knows our children, we have beautiful children. They're on social media. Why do this?
'We were friends two weeks ago. And now all of a sudden the team gets around and now it's got to be this.'
So 'overcome with emotional and physical exhaustion,' an embattled Mel reveals she overdosed on a bottle of Aspirin back in 2014.
Disturbingly, Belafonte allegedly stopped her from calling the emergency services, with Mel stating he locked her in the bedroom and told her to 'die b***h.'
Mel says she previously tried to leave Belafonte several times, but claims 'he threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way... destroy my career and take my kids from me.'
However the singer claims Belafonte was supportive and 'rushed to help her in every way' in the months following their marriage.
But she admits to being 'emotionally weak' as her engagement and subsequent wedding took place shortly after the birth of second daughter Angel, conceived during a brief relationship with Hollywood star Eddie Murphy.
'At the time, I was vulnerable. I was giving birth as a single mother, my self-esteem was very low, and my hormones were out of balance due to the pregnancy,' she claims.
'Beautiful': German former exchange student Lorraine Gilles was employed by Mel B and her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte for around seven years
Nanny: The former Spice Girl claims Lorraine, 26, pictured, had a sexual relationship with Belafonte, 41, during her time under their employment
She says: 'Respondent's name is Stephen Stansbury, but he often goes by the alias Stephen Belafonte. At the time of our marriage, I was unaware that 'Belafonte' was not Respondent's legal surname, nor was I aware that he was previously married.
'Throughout the marriage, I was the primary income earner. Respondent held neither steady nor gainful employment.
'Respondent has held himself out to be the son of singer Harry Belafonte, when in reality, he is not related.'
The singer also alleges that Belafonte repeatedly told her she was 'worthless, that he made me "who I am."'
She says he called her 'fat, ugly and old' and constantly alluded to the nanny being prettier, younger and better at raising the children.
In the court papers, Mel claims her estranged husband got the nanny pregnant before she sacked her.
Abortion: She says Lorraine was forced to have an abortion by Belafonte after he impregnated her in 2014. The star alleges the couple paid Lorraine $300,000 for nanny services
Row: Lorraine, pictured with Mel B's husband Stephen Belafonte, is the nanny identified in court papers submitted by the former Spice Girl as she divorces him
The former Spice Girl says Belafonte had sex with German Lorraine Gilles during the seven years she looked after her three children.
She alleges Belfonte ordered Lorraine to have an abortion and paid her $300,000 for 'nanny services' during her employment.
Mel B, 41, who is divorcing her husband of ten years, said Belafonte 'went ballistic' when she finally plucked up the courage to sack her in 2015.
She said: (He) would degrade me in front of her by comparing me to Lorraine, telling me how much younger and better looking she was.
'I later discovered that (he) was having sex with Lorraine and was paying her inordinate amounts of money. Over the course of some three years, I recently learned that (he) paid Lorraine in excess of $300,000 for alleged nanny services.
She went on: (He) immediately began setting Lorraine up as my rival. She answered to, and reported to (him).
Professional face: Mel pictured at the America's Got Talent season launch event after filing for divorce
Mel also alleges in the court documents that Belafonte has 'taken millions of dollars' from her during the marriage, withdrawing money from their joint account to pay child support for a child from a previous relationship and for business investments.
TMZ claim the singer lowered the asking price on their family home, two weeks after putting it on the market for $8.995 million.
The Hollywood Hills home was reportedly put up for sale March 22, however the price was dropped to $7.995 million shortly after her separation from Belafonte was confirmed.
Meanwhile, days after his home was searched for firearms, Mel's court filing suggests he does keep a gun at home despite being prohibited from carrying a firearm due to a prior domestic violence conviction.
TMZ reports: 'Federal prosecutors are looking at evidence that was seized at Stephen's home to determine if he should be prosecuted on federal weapons charges.
Law enforcement told the site: 'ATF agents did not find a gun, but they did find an empty shell casing and a bullet that was out of the casing. Neither item in itself is a projectile, so it does not constitute "ammunition."'
Therefore, the case is being reviewed for possible prosecution and if he IS charged and convicted for illegal possession of a firearm, he could be imprisoned for up to ten years.'
Stephen previously denied his estranged wife's claims, telling TMZ on camera: 'I haven't heard these allegations. You know what my comment on this is, as this is the mother of my children? I'm really really distraught my brain how this is going to affect our children (sic), and the depths that she's gone to. That's it. I'm shocked at those allegations and that's what it is.
'I think someone's set me up to look like a bad guy. Obviously you saw my house got raided and nobody found anything. It's accusation after accusation. But we'll have our day in court.
'And we have children. if anyone knows our children, we have beautiful children. They're on social media. Why do this?
'We were friends two weeks ago. And now all of a sudden the team gets around and now it's got to be this.'
The judge also ordered Belafonte to leave the family's Hollywood Hills mansion with TMZ reporting that he packed some of his things up on Monday afternoon.
Injury: Mel appeared with a plaster on her cheek in Sydney with Belafonte back in 2012
Trauma: Another snap of Mel showed a mark on the star's cheek after the plaster was removed
Along with being a mother to five-year-old Madison with Belafonte, Mel also has daughter Phoenix Chi, 18, by her first husband Jimmy Gulzar and nine-year-old daughter Angel with movie star Eddie Murphy.
Mel B's 18-year-old daughter was escorted to the Hollywood family home on Tuesday, after 'abusive' Stephen Belafonte was ordered to stay away.
Phoenix Chi Gulzar was driven to the luxury Los Angeles estate by two older companions the same day that Mel, 41, exposed a staggering level of violence in the family home and in front of the children across their 10-year marriage.
Phoenix let herself into the home, while a large washing bag was carried to a waiting car by her companions.
US court documents from a historic custody case between the former Spice Girl and her ex Jimmy Gulzar, Phoenix's father, include the terrifying claims made by Mel's mother Andrea Brown.
'Phoenix told me Stephen had a gun and that he had scared her with it,' Andrea allegedly said in 2009, according to documents obtained by The Daily Star.
'While at [Mel's sister] Danielle's, Phoenix said that Stephen told her that when she was 16, he is going to throw her out of the house.'
Andrea - who is estranged from Mel - also said: 'I was shocked at this time to hear Phoenix say she hated her stepfather Stephen and I dismissed this as a result of her having to share mum with him and sister Angel.
'But Phoenix has never spoken like that about Mel's other partners.'
The Hollywood home has been on the market ever since Stephen was kicked out two weeks ago, TMZ reports.
Arriving home: Mel B's daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar was seen arriving at the family's Hollywood home on Tuesday, hours after a restraining order against Stephen Belafonte was granted
Family life: Stephen's abuse in front of the family has been chronicled in an official report
Escorted home: The teenager was escorted around Los Angeles by two older companions
Proud: Phoenix is Mel's eldest child, from her relationship with Jimmy Gulzar
The 6,000 square feet property was reportedly put on at $9m but dropped to $8m, while Mel B is said to find the 'bad memories' too painful to ever return.
Phoenix (whose father is Jimmy Gulzar) and her younger sisters Angel (whose father is Eddie Murphy) and Madison (whose father is Stephen) have been directly mentioned in the documents, with claims about violence that took place in front of them, in the home.
Part of the documents, entitled 'Abuse In Front Of The Children,' former Spice Girl Mel details the type of behaviour the children bore witness to in a decade.
It reads: 'Respondent's name-calling, yelling, screaming, demeaning and demoralizing conduct towards me has occurred in [front of] all three of the children.
'When this occurs in front of the children, I repeatedly ask him to stop, or take it upstairs, and he repeatedly refuses to do [so].
'Sometimes he would even get louder until I capitulated to his particular demands.'
The couple's marriage has been subject to increased scrutiny since Mel filed for divorce last month.
Belafonte's brother Jeremiah claimed last week that the couple's 'open and loose relationship' prompted their divorce.
On Sunday, it was claimed they had enjoyed a threesome with Lady Victoria Hervey back in 2007 when they were just married.
A friend of the 40-year-old former 'It girl' alleged that she enjoyed a steamy tryst with the couple.
Funny man: A photo posted by Belafonte that jokes he and newly-estranged wife Mel B had embarked on a threesome recently emerged online
The friend of the Los Angeles-based aristocrat told The Sun: 'It was all a blur and everyone was very drunk, especially Lady Victoria.
'She told me one minute they were laying in bed watching a movie together, then they got carried away and Stephen was on top of her and Mel was kissing her.
'Next thing she can remember they all woke up naked in bed in the morning.'
Lady Victoria – the sister of the Marquess of Bristol and a friend of Britain's young royals – packed her bags and went into hiding after hearing the news.
Lady Victoria (left) with Mel B and Stephen - along with Bruno Tonioli of Dancing with the Stars - says she woke up naked next to the pair after a night of drunken sex
'The last thing she wants is to star in a sordid sex tape or to have horrible details of her private life dragged through the divorce courts,' a friend of Lady Victoria tells DailyMail.com
'She is absolutely mortified that her sex life could become public property,' a close friend tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
'The last thing she wants is to star in a sordid sex tape or to have horrible details of her private life dragged through the divorce courts.'
Then there was a saucy snap posted by Belafonte last year which showed a man fondling one woman's thigh, while his head rested on another's stomach, beside her hand clad with fake nails and a dazzling ring
Belafonte tagged Mel in the photo - which was first posted by Kim Kardashian - teasing fans that he and the Spice Girl were involved.
FROM THE SPICE TO THE SCARY: MEL AND STEPHEN'S ROCKY 10-MARRIAGE
Mel and Stephen tie the knot in a secret Las Vegas ceremony after just five months together
Mel publicly defends Stephen's 'abusive' past with wife Nicole Contreras in 2003: 'They're trying to make him out to be this aggressive, violent, woman batterer and he's not.'
- Mel and Stephen renew their wedding vows in Egypt
- Mum Andrea expresses her fears over son-in-law Stephen and his past
- Daughter Phoenix moves out of the family home after reportedly being told Stephen would chuck her out at the age of 16
- Mel denies a stripper's claims she was invited up to a hotel room with the couple in Australia
- In an interview with Howard Stern, Mel reveals that Stephen is her 'soulmate' because they 'are both perverts'
Couple welcome baby daughter Madison, together
Mel reveals she kissed 'all' of the Spice Girls during her time in the band
Former Playboy model Luann Lee claims she spent an hour of 'passion' in a disabled lavatory in Las Vegas with Mel B while her husband Stephen stood outside
Mel defends her 'perverts' comments, saying she and Stephen are 'very sexually compatible' and tells The Guardian that they have sex five times a day. 'I basically married myself,' she said.
- She appears 'scratched and bruised' without her wedding ring on The X Factor UK's Sunday night final after mysteriously being hospitalised ahead of the first live show
- Stephen uses Twitter to furiously deny rife speculation that he physically attacked his wife
- Estranged mother Andrea and sister Danielle claim they had been told 'lies' about her condition
- Andrea claimed she received an abusive phonecall from Stephen at the time
Mel denies she was 'kept prisoner' at her London home by Stephen, back in December
Stephen shares a steamy clinch picture to Instagram joking about having a threesome with his wife and another woman
Mel makes plans to renew their wedding vows again expressing her determination to make her second marriage work. She said: 'Stephen is a bit crazy, but then I am a bit crazy so it kind of evens itself out'
Mel admits 'sex' is a big subject in her house and she regularly walks around completely naked
Mel praises her 'baby boo' Stephen in a social media dedication, telling him: 'You are my world honey and let's not forget you are a bit of a d**khead too'
- Mel is reunited with her sister Danielle for the first time in eight years, as they lose their father Martin Brown after a battle with cancer, reportedly prompting a 'moment of clarity'
- Singer files for divorce from Stephen after 10 years amid insider claims from his brother that their 'open relationship' prompted a fall out
- Mel flies to UK alone for her father's funeral while Stephen is seen dining with mystery women
- British socialite Lady Victoria Hervey claims she had a 'steamy night of passion' with Mel and Stephen back in 2007, when they were just married
Mel always been candid about her sex life, previously revealing she was involved in a relationship with a woman as a 17-year-old.
She told Attitude back in 2014: 'At 17 you want to experiment. I don't think you should put a name on it. Well actually, I don't care if people put a name on it. I didn't. I had fun!
'I had a great five-year relationship with a lovely lady who I still talk to this day, and that's that. I mean, if it happened yesterday I would probably be saying something different. But I've been happily married to my husband for seven years.
'Do I want to spoon with a woman, and snuggle? No. I want to do that with my husband. At 17 I wanted to spoon and snuggle and do everything with a woman... But not right now.'
Threesome claims: Sources close to Lady Victoria Hervey have claimed she enjoyed a threesome with the couple
Revealing to Grazia magazine that she and Stephen have sex 'five times a day,' Mel said in 2010: 'I have to admit, I'm a nymphomaniac with him. It's sexercise.'
She also previously said that Stephen was her 'soulmate' because they were 'perverts with each other'.
'Well, everybody sees the word pervert as something different, and I don’t want to tell you what my pervert-ness is, or what his is,' she clarified in an interview with The Guardian three years ago, adding that Belafonte was her 'rock.'
'He’s been my rock when nobody else believed in me,' she said. 'The one who’s said, "Go for it, Melanie: go and do Dancing With The Stars, go and do America’s Got Talent, go and release a single if you like." He’s the one who has rebirthed my confidence.'
Happier times: Mel has regularly posted loved-up pictures of herself and Stephen on Instagram
She also elaborated on her sexuality to shock jock Howard Stern saying: 'People call me lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual, but I know who's in my bed and that's it... I have a huge libido and a great sex life.'
The star has also been the subject of a couple of kiss and tells - back in 2014, former Playboy model Luann Lee claimed Mel followed her into a disabled lavatory, started taking her clothes off and spent an hour in there kissing her.
Speaking to The Sun, the centrefold also said that Belafonte was waiting outside the whole time.
Luann, who met Mel in hotel bar when she was starring in the The Peep Show at the Planet Hollywood Hotel, said: ‘It was very passionate and sensual. She’s like a man in that way — very assertive, very determined and very wanting. I can see why they call her Scary Spice.’
Mel was also forced to deny a 2010 story that they had enjoyed a threesome with a stripper in Australia.
Kiss and tell: Luann Lee claimed she and Mel shared a romantic tryst in a toilet
As recently asthis February, Mel praised her 'baby boo' Stephen in a social media dedication, telling him: 'You are my world honey and let's not forget you are a bit of a d**khead too'
The couple seemed blissfully happy when they renewed their wedding vows with a lavish ceremony in front of their families in November 2008 in Hurghada, Egypt.
This was around the time that Mel fell out with her mother Andrea, who openly expressed concern about Stephen's violent past.
In 2014, cracks began to emerge when the couple was hit with rumours of violent rows with Belafonte accused of physically abusing Mel after she appeared on The X Factor UK with bruises and scratches on her face and arms.
It was reported at the time that Mel had left Belafonte before she was rushed to hospital with stomach pains, which caused her to miss the first live show, during The X Factor final weekend in 2014.
The X Factor judge returned for the last show on December 14, 2014 with a bruised and scratched appearance, sparking worry among fans.
But Belafonte vehemently denied all suggestions of domestic abuse and the couple appeared to patch things up.
Throughout their marriage Mel has defended her husband's past.
She jumped to his defence when it emerged that he had battered his common-law wife Nicole during a drunken row at their home in 2003.
The film producer attacked the mother of his daughter Giselle, now 13, in what was described as a 'malicious and unlawful' drunken frenzy.
He did not contest the charge, which the judge said was the same as a guilty plea, and said: 'This happened crazily, one drunk, retarded night.'
He was also accused of vandalising Nicole's phone by spitting into it but this was dropped.
She told Hello! magazine: 'They're trying to make him out to be this aggressive, violent, woman batterer and he's not.
'If you read those police reports, they never say he physically beat up a woman.'
Mayfair bar fight: Belafonte was involved in a fight with three men at the luxury five star MayFair Hotel
Later Belafonte said he did not realise that he had admitted battering his ex-partner, saying that the admission came at a moment when he was 'confused and stressed'. But this plea was rejected.
While partying with Mel in 2010, Belafonte was involved in a fight with three men at the luxury five star MayFair Hotel.
One man was left needing hospital treatment following the incident.
But Mel stood by her burly husband, claiming he was only acting in her defence.
In 2007 Belafonte admitted killing a mallard with a brick outside his house in the state of New Jersey, but fled to Los Angeles without paying the £300 court fine
Later he told OK magazine: 'Oh, yes, apparently I killed a duck.'
'But I haven't. Sure I got into fights and I did get drunk but I learned from it and I don't do it now.'
Beautiful children: Stephen expressed concern over the effect on their kids
In 2014 Belafonte's brother Jeremiah Stansbury blasted the producer as 'violent' and 'ruthless' and urged Mel to leave him.
And he claimed the couple have no prenuptial agreement and are obsessed with porn and sex, alleging that Belafonte showed off their huge range of sex toys.
Belafonte denied his brother's claims to The Sun newspaper.
Stansbury also recently alleged that Belafonte reportedly attacked the former Spice Girl's pet Labrador in 2008.
He claimed to The Sun: 'I saw him punch Lord in the ribs full force with all of his strength. The dog collapsed and had no breath and was crying. He was standing there laughing. '
Carrying on as usual: A cheerful-looking Mel pictured on the red carpet at the launch of America's Got Talent last week alongside Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell
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