Mel B's divorce will go down as one of the messiest divorces in pop culture history. Stephen Belafonte (real name Stephen Stansbury) and the former Spice Girl married June 6, 2007. In March of 2017, Mel filed for divorce, accusing Stephen of everything from physical abuse to forcing her to have sex with other women. Now, Mel B's ex, Eddie Murphy, is being dragged into the divorce.
According to DailyMail.com, Stephen is seeking visitation rights of Mel and Eddie's 10-year-old daughter, Angel, which puts the child — and Murphy — in their custody hearings. Mel's lawyer, Susan Wiesner, said, "We have got another parent here, we have got Eddie Murphy. If the court's going to give him notice of proceedings and embroiling him in litigation, then we are putting his little girl in the middle of this media firestorm."
Los Angeles Superior Court's Judge Lawrence Riff said, "The request is granted. Let me just observe that of paramount concern is the best interests of this minor, Angel. Right now before the court are the contentions by the two litigants as to what is in that child’s best interests." He added, "Mr. Belafonte asserts and alleges that it is in that child’s best interests for him to have frequent and continued contact with a child he is saying he raised from infancy. The petitioner says it is not in Angel’s best interest for that to occur."
Riff also said, "Mr Murphy is entitled to be joined as a party as soon as Mr. Belafonte seeks any visitation with Angel."
This messiness isn't stopping anytime soon.
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