Just days after Mel B filed a restraining order against her estranged husband and revealed disturbing claims of habitual physical and emotional abuse, Stephen Belafonte has come forward to deny those very allegations.
He released a statement to TMZ, denying any violence and turning the blame on his ex wife, claiming that Mel's allegations are "outrageous and unfounded."
Belafonte's lawyer told the celebrity news site, "It's a shame that Ms. Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter. In due course, Mr. Belafonte will be filing his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms. Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies."
Belafonte's statement continued by making accusations of his own, saying, "When the Court determines the truth, it will become clear that this entire charade was nothing more than a smear campaign intended to cover up Ms. Brown's own conduct during the marriage in light of her current involvement with a family television show, and in an effort to unfairly gain leverage both financially and with respect to custody of the children." Adding, "When the degree to which Ms. Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr. Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse will be understandably offended, angry and upset."
Finally, the statement expressed Belafonte's intent to seek custody over their children, saying, "Mr. Belafonte is confident that the truth will come out when he has his day in court at which time he looks forward to being reunited with his children," adding, "What matters most to Mr. Belafonte is the safety and well-being of his daughters and step-daughters."
Look back at Mel and Belafonte's relationship before the split with The Wendy Williams Show above.
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