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Postby Javi » 15 Jul 2017, 12:26

I can't believe she wants to run away from an abusive relationship and she has to pay him 40k/month. And then some fans wondered why she didn't divorce earlier if he was such a monster. Maybe this is the reason why.

I really can't with this fucked up world. Your husband hits you and makes your life a nightmare and when you try to get rid of him, the law forces you to pay for his lazy jobless lifestyle. So unfair.
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Postby PeruvianSpice » 15 Jul 2017, 17:52

Exactly what I thought!

But oh well, at least she got rid of him
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Postby Thom » 16 Jul 2017, 08:30

she can appeal, right?
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Re: Mel B is broke but how? DM article

Postby tommie » 16 Jul 2017, 10:55

SomeonesBaby wrote:Surely if she's paying him $40k a month, she must make many times that amount per month?


Indeed since alimony is based on what you earn. I think the limit is 40% of their income is the max, but I really doubt that he's getting the max amount all things considered.
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Postby Andreas » 16 Jul 2017, 12:47

Javi wrote:I can't believe she wants to run away from an abusive relationship and she has to pay him 40k/month. And then some fans wondered why she didn't divorce earlier if he was such a monster. Maybe this is the reason why.

I really can't with this fucked up world. Your husband hits you and makes your life a nightmare and when you try to get rid of him, the law forces you to pay for his lazy jobless lifestyle. So unfair.

That's the US for you. So happy to live in a country that still practice common sense.
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Postby Agent_Spice » 19 Jul 2017, 00:23

I understand it seems absurd that Mel has been legally ordered to pay Stefan $40,000 a month but there are several factors to keep in mind.

Mel only included her allegations of abuse in the divorce proceedings - she didn't pursue criminal charges previously. If she had, the outcome could have potentially been different. Therefore, this is the first time that these charges are being addressed in a court of law and in the United States, a person is innocent until proven guilty so the abuse claims (which Stefan has publicly denied) are legally just claims from Mel at this point. Stefan has also probably realized that he can't do anything in the court of public opinion besides a denial so he might be saving whatever leverage he has for court so the judge might have more information than we do.

Additionally, TMZ reported that the judge could have awarded Stefan $15,000 more per month so he could have been potentially been receiving $55,000 per month. Even if Stefan was awarded half of what Melanie earns a month (we'll speculate that Mel makes $110,000 a month so yearly $1,320,000). I'd wager that Mel makes that from America's Got Talent alone and she has a number of other investments that pay off so she's not as destitute as has been reported. She also probably has a number of expenses that are associated with AGT but the judge would have received that information before making a decision.

The intent of spousal support is to ensure that both parties ending a marriage are no worse off as a consequence of that marriage. Imagine a young couple gets married, has children, and one half of the couple elects to take a lower income earning part time position to be available to raise the children. The marriage ends and the one half of the couple that sacrificed their ability to earn their full maximum potential for child care has difficulty obtaining a job. Should that person not be compensated for the sacrifices they made for that marriage?

The argument for spousal support does appear to become grossly distorted with higher earning couples (especially in this case where there's a private island involved) and you have parties asking for monthly support that is a large percentage of many people's yearly incomes. However, it is based off percentages and in this case, based on what has been presented to the judge, Stefan is allowed to receive that amount of money. Should there be a significant change (Mel is fired from AGT or Stefan marries an heiress), the amount would obviously be amended.

Mel went into this marriage with eyes wide open after her own spousal support issues from her divorce with Jimmy. This mess could have all been avoided with a prenuptial agreement. It has also been reported that Mel B receives child support for Angel from Eddie Murphy in the amount of $51,000 a month until Angel turns 18. So while it seems absurd that Stefan could receive $44,000 a month - she receives $7,000 more a month from a man that she wasn't married to.
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Postby PeruvianSpice » 19 Jul 2017, 01:34

i know you're right and i know (in a way) Mel is a bit to blame (not for the physical abuse but) for not beeing more cautious with her money after her problems with Jimmy.

i still think other matters should be taken into account like if u had a husband who is aggressive like Stephan... he should get SHIT!
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Postby mel2vicem » 19 Jul 2017, 02:10

She will have to follow through with her abuse claims otherwise she could be paying him every month for the rest of her life
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Postby Filip » 19 Jul 2017, 11:57

What a mess... I really hope Mel proves all the allegations against him and gets away from this marriage with most of her hard earned money. We all know Stephan was not a "househusband" who sacrificed his career to take care of the children while the wife was at work. He used her, spent her money on luxurious lifestyle, alienated her from her family and was a horrible husband. If there's any justice, he will not get away this. As for Mel, I don't blame her for spending the money (it's hers to spend after all), but after her costly divorce from Jimmy, she should've had a 100 page pre-nup ready for a lifetime!
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Postby PeruvianSpice » 19 Jul 2017, 16:42

what I never liked was when Stephan gave her an island as a present... hmm, well it's Mel's money so it's like she bought it
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Postby ...FunkyFresh... » 19 Jul 2017, 21:10

PeruvianSpice wrote:what I never liked was when Stephan gave her an island as a present... hmm, well it's Mel's money so it's like she bought it

she bought him the island.
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Postby PeruvianSpice » 19 Jul 2017, 22:10

Oh I thought it was the other way around... oh well

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Postby FarAway » 19 Jul 2017, 23:32

But reading another article (posted on the SG main forum) it looks like the judge said that the amount could change, after the hearing about the abuse allegations (that happens in 15 days), so maybe that's not final.
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Postby do-it » 26 Jul 2017, 22:14

It was clear they were living beyond their means when Mel's jobs and endorsements became ever more tacky and bargain basement.

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Postby PeruvianSpice » 26 Jul 2017, 23:59

I think I read somewhere that it was Stephan who made Mel do all these kinds of deals
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Postby FiaSpice » 31 Jul 2017, 22:22

PeruvianSpice wrote:I think I read somewhere that it was Stephan who made Mel do all these kinds of deals

I remember reading that too. I though the lolippops where tacky, it even looks "good" after the bingo thing.

edit: I think I missed/forgot about some viewtopic.php?t=214131
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Postby ForeverSpiceBoy » 31 Jul 2017, 22:27

The Sun says she's moving back to the UK, could this be true?
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/4 ... belafonte/

I kinda like the idea of that happening, being close to her family and the girls, and away from Stephen. But business wise don't know if that'd be a good move for her
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Postby PeruvianSpice » 01 Aug 2017, 05:13

i thought she lived in the uk but only traveled to LA to film
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Postby spicefreak » 01 Aug 2017, 23:36

Mel has lived in LA for over 10 years now. She moved out there in 2003/4...
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Spice Girl Mel B’s employees were made to watch ISIS beheading videos by her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, a former assistant has revealed.

Film boss Belafonte insisted it would make them realize what was happening in the “real world.”

Ex-lackey Jonathan Parks, 25, claims the film producer also spent $22,800 on a trip to get a tattoo — and says the couple kept a box full of sex toys in their garage.

Parks said: “Working for Stephen and Mel was insane, complete chaos. They were always screaming at each other and rowing. Every single day I asked myself, ‘How can these people still be together?’ There seemed to be no happiness.

“Stephen was the scary one in that relationship. The smallest thing would set him off. He would scream at you like a drill sergeant. I would stand there with my knees shaking.

“One minute he would be blowing thousands, the next he’d be screaming at us for wasting a few bucks on the wrong shade of paint.

“Stephen made us watch videos of IS and Mexican cartel beheadings, saying we needed to be prepared for anything in the real world.”

Californian Parks, whose real name we are not using, took a $35,000-a-year job as the couple’s executive assistant in February 2015.

Mel, 42, had just appeared in “The X Factor” final with bruised arms, which she later claimed were caused by her partner.


Mel B has recently admitted blowing chunks of her $49.5 million fortune, with her lawyer Jacalyn Davis saying that “improvident lifestyle choices” have left her with tax debts.

But Parks says it was her husband who was particularly flash with the couple’s cash.

He claims Belafonte spent huge amounts on clothes, alcohol, custom-made jewelry and security gear for their Beverly Hills mansion.

Parks said: “One day he bought a $5,800 backpack but never touched it. Two days later he told me to return it but they did not have a return policy. Stephen would buy $2,900 shoes then sell his old ones to a charity shop.

“He spent $15,000 for first-class seats to Sweden to see the number two tattoo artist in the world.

“He paid $7,800 for the tattoo and flew back. Stephen could also spend $1,500 on bottles of whiskey. Yet one time he flew into a rage because we had not returned a $13 pot of paint. Anything could set him off.

“One time he was locked out of an Airbnb house he was renting in Beverly Hills and I took too long to get back with the keys, so he kicked the door in.

“I never saw him and Mel get violent. But they had furious rows.

“She would call him a ‘f—king psycho’ and tell him that he was acting insane. It became clear they were in an open relationship and he would get drunkenly jealous, telling her, ‘Well I let you f—k your guys.’


Stephen would also ask me to track Mel on her ‘Find My iPhone’ app.

“He would want to know where she was at night.

“When I told him where she was, he would sometimes leave then come back with her an hour later.”

In court papers, submitted in April to support an application for a restraining order, Mel claimed Belafonte punched, choked and emotionally abused her for over a decade.

Belafonte was convicted of assaulting his ex Nicole Contreras in 2003.

Parks says the couple kept a box of 24 sex toys in the garage, and once brought another woman home after a night out.

Parks said: “Stephen would boast that his wife was crazy in bed. He called her a ‘freak’ but in a good way.

“One night they went to the Soho House private club in West Hollywood.

“They were renting an Airbnb apartment nearby. Next morning they told me to call a taxi for this woman.

“She was about my age. She looked disheveled and like she was doing the walk of shame. She just got in the Uber taxi and left.

“I asked them who it was and Stephen said it was a friend who they met at the private members club.”

Parks shared a rented home with Lorraine Gilles, 26, nanny to the couple’s children Madison, five, Angel, ten, and Phoenix Chi, 18.

He came to suspect Belafonte was bedding her — once finding him lying on the couch while Gilles, 26, made breakfast in just a robe.

Parks says Mel was jealous of Gilles and lost her temper when her rival posed for a photo in one of her bikinis.

The singer is now being sued by Gilles over the Spice Girl’s claims, which she denies, that she aborted Belafonte’s baby.

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Postby PeruvianSpice » 08 Aug 2017, 20:36

Hope this goes in Mel's favor
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