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Mel B accuses estranged husband of abuse in court filings

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/4/2017
FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Stephen Belafonte, left, and his wife Melanie Brown arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mother's Day." A judge has granted singer Mel B a temporary restraining order and sole custody of her youngest daughter after she claimed her estranged husband subjected her to years of abuse. Court records in Los Angeles show the singer and "America's Got Talent" judge filed for divorce from Belafonte, her husband of nearly 10 years, on March 20, 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Stephen Belafonte, left, and his wife Melanie Brown arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mother's Day." A judge has granted singer Mel B a temporary restraining order and sole custody of her youngest daughter after she claimed her estranged husband subjected her to years of abuse. Court records in Los Angeles show the singer and "America's Got Talent" judge filed for divorce from Belafonte, her husband of nearly 10 years, on March 20, 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has granted singer Mel B a temporary restraining order and sole custody of her youngest daughter after she claimed her estranged husband subjected her to years of abuse.

The order was granted Monday after the former Spice Girl filed a sworn declaration stating Stephen Belafonte subjected her to emotional and physical abuse throughout their relationship and threatened to leak sex tapes of her.

Mel B, whose real name is Melanie Brown, wrote that Belafonte's abuse often occurred after high-profile events, including punching her following her appearance on Australia's version of "X Factor" in July 2012 and again days after she performed with the Spice Girls at the London Olympics.

Court records filed in their divorce do not include a lawyer for Belafonte, and attempts to find a representative for him were unsuccessful.

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