Mel B 'flirted' with X Factor co-star Cheryl by feeling her bum but it sent husband Stephen Belafonte into such rages that he was BANNED from the studio... as twenty of their threesome partners have now called in lawyers over fears sex tapes will be released
- Film producer was 'enraged' after singer grabbed Cheryl's bottom
- 'He was deeply uncomfortable with Mel flirting with Cheryl because it didn’t involve him,' sources claim
- The pair worked together as judges on The X Factor in 2014
- Mel filed for divorce last month
- She made string of allegations against Belafonte in a restraining order application filed on Monday
- They include claims that he would 'surreptitiously' videotape them having sex with numerous partners during their marriage
- More than twenty sexual partners have reportedly sought legal representation over fears their alleged threesomes with the couple may emerge
The estranged husband of former Spice Girl Mel B ‘flew into a rage’ over her 'tactile' friendship with fellow pop star Cheryl during their appearance on The X Factor.
Speaking to The Sun, sources claim Mel, 41, bore the brunt of film producer Stephen Belafonte’s anger after he saw her playfully grab Cheryl’s bottom.
Belafonte, 41, was also said to be unhappy with his wife’s flirtatious behaviour around the Girls Aloud star, 33, while they worked as judges alongside Louis Walsh and X Factor boss Simon Cowell in 2014.
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Close: The estranged husband of former Spice Girl Mel B ‘flew into a rage’ over her tactile friendship with fellow pop star Cheryl during their appearance on The X Factor
‘Mel was taken with Cheryl but it was harmless fun,’ a source explained. ‘She’d always come into her dressing room in hardly any clothes while holding her co-star’s hand and grabbing her bum.
‘Once she even did it on the stage. It was nothing more than a cheeky game among good friends but Stephen couldn’t stand it and went ballistic.
‘He liked to be in total control of everything. He was deeply uncomfortable with Mel flirting with Cheryl because it didn’t involve him. The reaction was totally over the top but it prompted total rage.’
Claims: Sources allege Mel had Belafonte barred from the backstage area after one furious outburst, prompting him to fly back to the United States
The insider claims Mel had Belafonte barred from the backstage area after one furious outburst, prompting him to fly back to the United States.
'It was the final straw for him. He was never popular because he behaved extremely unpleasantly. He was very demanding. Eventually he went too far,' the source added.
Mel was forced to miss the first live installment of The X Factor final after suffering 'stomach pains'en route to rehearsals from her West London home.
Belafonte was also said to be unhappy with his wife’s flirtatious banter with the Girls Aloud star, 33, while they worked as judges alongside Louis Walsh and X Factor boss Simon Cowell in 2014
A source told The Sun on Sunday at the time: 'Mel seemed OK when she first got into the car but during the journey it gradually became clear something was very wrong.
'She was complaining about stomach pains that seemed to grow worse and worse, until she was in agony. She was crying out.
'Mel was in so much pain that the driver rushed her straight to hospital. It was a terrifying episode – he had no idea if Mel was going to be OK or not. He's been the one constant at her side ever since.'
The singer returned the following night, but concerns were raised over what appeared to be bruising on the singer's arms and face.
Bruised: Mel's seemingly bruised appearance on the X Factor back in 2014
Severe: Mel has now filed a court application cataloguing allegations of her estranged husband's violence
Meanwhile more than twenty sexual partners have reportedly sought legal representation over fears their alleged threesomes with the couple may emerge in secretly recorded footage.
Court documents have revealed a horrific catalogue of alleged abuse against the British star during her marriage to Belafonte.
They include claims that he would 'surreptitiously' videotape them having sex with numerous partners during their marriage.
The Mirror report they include a well known American TV presenter, PR friends and and a variety acquaintances with strong connections to Hollywood A list community
'In the 10 years Mel and Belafonte were together they welcomed a lot of women into their bedroom... as well as the living room, kitchen and hotels, a source told the publication.
'Following Mel’s claims in court that she was blackmailed into staying with her husband, women are genuinely concerned they may be used as unwitting pawns in their bitter divorce.
'One is a front-line presenter of a popular entertainment show who is in pieces she may have been recorded. She has told her bosses who have vowed to stand by her.'
X Factor family: Mel worked on the show with Cheryl, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell
The divorce papers, which follow her application for a temporary restraining order, also claim Mel 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.'
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.
Bruised: Mel has catalogued a history of violence against estranged husband Belafonte in a court filing as she obtained a restraining order against him
'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.
She claims he treated German 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.
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'.
The singer, 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.
MailOnline has contacted Mel B and Cheryl's representatives for further comment.
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