According to Melanie "Mel B" Brown, Belafonte abused her emotionally by berating her constantly and getting their nanny pregnant. He also allegedly abused her physically and sexually, choking, punching and sexually exploiting her on several occasions. Brown, who was known to many young fans as Scary Spice, submitted a court filing that resulted in her being allowed a temporary restraining order against Belafonte.
According to Brown, 41 years of age, Belafonte would often attack and berate her at the high points of her resurgent entertainment career. When Brown was a hit personality and finalist onDancing with the Stars, Belafonte attacked her only minutes before a live television interview. Her placing runner up on the fifth season of the show occurred in late 2007, when Belafonte and she had only been married for five months. She also alleges that he continued his abuse throughout her contracted judging work on the United Kingdom and Australian iterations ofX Factor.
"He was in a rage and I had no idea why. He placed both of his hands around my neck and began choking me. He then slammed me down onto the hardwood floor," read the court filing written by Brown."He told me that no one would believe me because everyone thinks I'm crazy. He called me a 'f---ing monkey,' told me I was dumb and said that I was a 'derelict.'"