Strained Stephen Belafonte puffs a cigarette during tense phone call on LA street... amid ongoing court battle with ex Mel B
Despite being granted a divorce from Mel B in December, he is still in the midst of a bitter court battle for access to visit the Spice Girl's daughter Angel.
And Stephen Belafonte seemed deep in conversation as he engaged in a phone call earlier this week in a Los Angeles car park.
The film producer, 42, kept casual in an all-black waterproof tracksuit as he enjoyed a cigarette break during his discussion.
Stressed: Stephen Belafonte seemed deep in conversation as he engaged in a phone call earlier this week in a Los Angeles car park
The Hollywood native's ensemble featured a casual hooded jacket and loose-fitted sweatpants by Nike.¬†
Stephen's stressed appearance comes as he reportedly attempted¬†to persuade a judge to grant him step-parent visitation with Angel - who is the daughter of his ex and legendary actor Eddie Murphy.¬†
According to Mel B she had been trying to reach Murphy to discuss Stephen's step-parent request but to no avail.
Intense:¬†The film producer, 42, kept casual in an all-black waterproof tracksuit as he enjoyed a cigarette break during his discussion
During a court session earlier this week, Jamra said she was told by his lawyers that Murphy is simply ‚Äėnot interested.‚Äô
‚ÄėMr Murphy has had no contact with the child,‚Äô she told the court.
Jamra added that she had tried to serve Murphy with legal papers, but ‚ÄėMr. Murphy is avoiding service.‚Äô¬†
Difficult: Despite being granted a divorce from Mel B in December, he is still in the midst of a bitter court battle for access to visit the Spice Girl's daughter Angel (pictured July 2016)
As part of their divorce settlement, Mel - real name Melanie Brown - and Belafonte were to split the proceeds of their former marital home in LA, worth an estimated $6-7 million.¬†
The I Pity The Fool producer also complained to the court that his ex-wife has been dragging her feet in paying her share of the $20,000 needed to repair the home and get it in shape to sell.
Judge Mark Juhas ordered Mel to pay $10,000 to match the $10,000 Belafonte has already shelled out toward the house repairs.
Shocking: Belafonte‚Äôs lawyer, Grace Jamra, has stated that Eddie Murphy - who is the biological father of Angel - has been 'avoiding service' in court earlier this week (picured November 2016)
The pair divorced last December after a bitter, seven-month battle in which lurid tales of kinky sex, drug and alcohol abuse and allegations of domestic violence made headlines.¬†
He was given joint-custody of his daughter with Mel, Madison, six, but went back to court to try to win rights to visit Angel.
The Leeds native has consistently blocked his efforts to spend time with Angel, calling him in court papers a ‚Äėbad man‚Äô and accusing him of being violent and abusive during their 10-year marriage.
Last week, the singer charged in a new court filing that he had made Mel's daughters, including his six-year-old, Madison, watch videos of gruesome ISIS beheadings.
Belafonte filed his own court response with a strong denial, calling Mel's accusation ‚Äėoutlandish and alarming‚Äô and adding: ‚ÄėI have never and would never show ISIS videos to our children.‚Äô¬†
‚ÄėI strongly believe that Mel's abrupt decision to cut off all ties between Angel and I has been emotionally traumatizing and detrimental to Angel‚Äôs mental health and well being,‚Äô he added in legal papers.¬†
Belafonte has also said that he gave his daughter Madison a teddy bear and other toys to give to Angel.¬†
Making an effort: Belafonte says that he gave his daughter Madison (left) a teddy bear and other toys to give to Angel (pictured September 2016)
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