Mel B's mother defends her decision to share letter from granddaughter Angel about Stephen Belafonte's abuse by claiming 'victims should be heard'
Mel B's mother has defended her decision to share a distressing letter, purportedly written by the Spice Girls' daughter Angel, 10, about Stephen Belafonte's allegedly abusive behaviour on Twitter.
Andrea Brown was criticised by followers after posting a photo of the hand-written note, which claimed Belafonte was 'terrifying' and would physically harm the family.
However she took to the site once again on Tuesday to defend herself against the hate, writing: 'Children r also victims and should b heard I won’t see another grandchild of mine suffer like Phoenix did' (sic)
Speaking out: Mel B 's mother has defended her decision to share a letter, reportedly written by the Spice Girls' daughter Angel, 10, about Stephen Belafonte's abusive behaviour
'Victims should be heard': Andrea Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend herself against hateful messages, by firmly stating she will not see another of her grandchildren suffer
Andrea had shared the distressing letter, allegedly written by Angel, on Monday, detailing the abuse Stephen reportedly inflicted on the family.
She wrote beside a photo of the letter: 'A cry for help', amid Mel and her ex's ongoing custody battle over Angel.
The three-page letter details abuse Mel allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex husband, which Angel, whose real dad is Hollywood star Eddie Murphy, and her sisters reportedly witnessed.
Custody battle: Andrea shared the distressing letter on Twitter, which detailed the abuse her mother's ex Stephen Belafonte allegedly inflicted on the family
However, the note was met with backlash from followers, who claimed the family should keep their private matters out of the public eye.
One wrote: 'I don’t believe a child wrote this. I also thinks it’s sick to use a child like this. Instead of putting this out in public why not give it to the judge. Poor kids.'
While another added furiously: 'You should be keeping this private, not putting it out in the public domain for the rest of that child's life.
'Shocking behaviour from your family regardless of who is telling the truth. This is NOT protecting your children, it is selfish point-scoring. Shame on you all!'
Not happy: However, the note was met with backlash from followers, who claimed the family should keep their private matters out of the public eye
The letter claims Belafonte - who finalised his divorce from Mel in December- put the family through a 'nightmare' and Angel allegedly never wants to see him again.
Belafonte has previously vehemently denied allegations made by Mel of abuse.
Belafonte has launched a legal fight for access to Angel after being granted visiting rights to his biological daughter with Mel, Madison.
It is not clear whether the letter – written recently as it references a goat bought before Christmas – was intended to be used in the legal fight, while its authenticity has not been proven.
Family: Angel, 10, (pictured far right) is Mel's daughter with Eddie Murphy. She shares Madison (centre) with Belafonte, and is also mother to Phoenix Chi Gulzar, 18,(left) from her marriage to dancer Jimmy Gulzar. Stephen also has daughter, Giselle Belafonte, 13, (second right)
The letter read: 'I'm very frightened of Stephen. When he is mad its terrifying. I never want to see him ever again it'd be like reliving a horrible part of my life.'
'The worst part about the times I lived with him is when I'd try to stop the fights and cursing. When I tried he would say 'oh shut up' and I would be so scared I wouldn't say anything else.'
'I witnessed a physical fight. I was lying down in my mother's room 'sleeping'. I woke up to a fight,'
Mel's ex: The three-page letter details abuse Mel allegedly suffered at the hands of her ex husband, which Angel and her sisters reportedly witnessed
'I can't remember what it was about, but I heard Stephen hitting mommys hand, it was hard cause I heard it. Mommy said 'you snapped my nail off' so it was hard.'
'I attempted to fake sleep cause I didn't want to interfere and get hurt. I don't want to see the man that causes so much damage to my mother leading her living through a nightmare.'
The letter claimed that Stephen's daughter Giselle told Angel that Murphy was her dad when she was five, adding: 'Extremely proud of that. I got an amazing relationship with my sisters, brothers, grandma and my father Eddie Murphy!'
Close: Andrea (pictured centre), who has repaired her relationship with Mel since the star's divorce, uploaded the letter on her Twitter page, captioning the post: 'A cry for help'
The letter continued: 'When I lived with Stephen the rules were the strictest. When we ate food we had to sit on the floor instead of the dinner table.
'He said we would make a mess on the table. I wondered of you make a mess on the dinner table you just clean it up? What's the point of having a dinner table if you don't eat on it?
'Stephen never came into my room and when I say never is N.E.V.E.R he was to busy on his computer .
'I'm happy I don't see him any more. Now I live in a beautiful house and wait when I lived with Stephen I could never get a dog and guess what!
Sisters: Angel says in the letter that Stephen's daughter Giselle told her that Murphy was her dad when she was five, adding: 'Extremely proud of that. I got an amazing relationship with my sisters, brothers, grandma and my father Eddie Murphy!'
'Now I have two dogs and a goat! We can eat up an actual dinner table and I can see my REAL dad. I create small picture books and I have no more fear. I love seeing my real dad! And I loved seeing my mother happy! Not sad! Please don't make me see him again – ps Angel.'
Mel repaired her previously strained relationship with her mother Andrea after splitting from Stephen.
Mel was pregnant with Angel when she began dating Stephen and he claims he is the man who brought her up for the bulk of her life so far.
Divorced: Mel was pregnant with Angel when she began dating Stephen and he claims he is the man who brought her up for the bulk of her life so far
Stephen despairingly admitted to TMZ on Monday that while he didn't want to be 'disrespectful' of anyone, he was still fighting to see Angel 'through the courts' - following reports that her biological dad Murphy is 'not interested in seeing her.'
To further prove his point Stephen showed cameras an 'A' tattoo on his wrist in dedication to Angel and admitted that he wanted the same relationship with her as he did while he was in a marriage with the former Spice Girl.
Stephen and Mel divorced in 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.
Court battle: While Belafonte was granted joint custody of their six-year-old daughter Madison, he is now hoping for step-parent visitation rights with step-daughter Angel
And while Belafonte was granted joint custody of their six-year-old daughter Madison, he is now hoping for step-parent visitation rights with step-daughter Angel.
On Monday, Stephen truly detailed his love for Angel as he showed off the letter tattoo: 'You see this A? This is for Angel', before going on to address his legal battle to see her.
'I'm going to do it through the courts. I don't want to be disrespectful to anyone but I'm fighting to see my daughter.
'I don't get money to see my daughter. There is no upside. I actually spend money to see my daughter... my stepdaughter, I guess. It's a touchy subject.'
He also addressed Eddie Murphy's reportedly strained relationship with Angel.
Inked: On Monday, Stephen truly detailed his love for Angel as he showed off the letter tattoo: 'You see this A? This is for Angel', before going on to address his legal battle to see her
'I don't know that relationship. I was with my wife for ten years. I have nothing against Eddie or anyone else. I still want to have that relationship I had for ten years.'
This comes after reports of Eddie ‘not being interested’ in seeing his daughter Angel, according to a Los Angeles court.
Meanwhile, Stephen - who helped raise Angel during his 10-year marriage to Mel - is trying to persuade a judge to grant him step-parent visitation with the child, whom, he says, ‘has called me dad since she started to talk.’
He recently posted a touching snap of him with Angel and Madison, six, and wrote: 'I miss you so much my little angel!!! I will keep fighting until I can tell you how much I love you and I feel like My heart has been ripped out because someone wants to use you as a tool to hurt me but I will fight for you just like you are my biological daughter!!!
Mel also has another daughter - Phoenix Chi Gulzar, 18, from her marriage to dancer Jimmy Gulzar.
Stephen also has one more daughter, Giselle Belafonte, 13, from his previous relationship with Nicole Contreras.
Working hard: As the custody battle continues, Mel was spotted on the set of her hit show America's Got Talent on Sunday
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