Mel B’s estranged husband Stephen Belafonte allowed to visit daughter during bitter divorce battle

25 Apr

Mr Bakman said new evidence was developing about Belafonte’s use of “assets for various illegal, nefarious activities”.

He added that he expected a divorce trial to take at least 10 to 15 days as 20 witnesses had come forward and “that witness list is growing daily”.

Brown, who filed for divorce on March 20 citing “irreconcilable differences”, did not attend the hearing.

Belafonte’s lawyer Grace Jamra said the allegations against her client were part of “an ongoing smear campaign”.

She told the court: “We’re not going to address evidence that is being developed or fabricated or manufactured.”

She added: “Mother Teresa does not marry Attila the Hun.”

Ms Jamra said Belafonte had already gone three weeks without contact with Madison.

Judge Riff said he did not have jurisdiction to grant Belafonte visitation rights to his stepdaughter Angel, whose father is Eddie Murphy.

He also ordered that both Brown and Belafonte did not “disparage” each other in front of their daughter.

Brown was granted a temporary restraining order earlier this month after claiming she was the victim of “multiple physical beatings” at the hands of Belafonte.

In court papers, the 41-year-old singer said her husband had threatened to “destroy” her career by releasing sex tapes of her.

Lawyers for Belafonte have branded the allegations “outrageous and unfounded”.

Brown, who is now a judge on America’s Got Talent, married film producer Belafonte in Las Vegas in June 2007.

A preliminary hearing was fixed for August 18, while the full divorce hearing is due to begin on September 25.

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