Posted Aug. 23, 2007 -- Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown is finally saying a word about her new husband, the one many are calling a "wifebeater." In a tell-all interview with Hello! magazine, the pop singer insists she married a good guy.
"They're trying to make him out to be this aggressive, violent, woman batterer and he's not. If you read those police reports, they never say he physically beat up a woman," she says.
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But TMZ.com begs to differ, as it produced court documents from 2003 that prove Belafonte was charged with "violence used against spouse" during his union with common-law wife, Nicole Contreras. The court docket from L.A. Superior Court shows that he originally pleaded not guilty, but then withdrew it and pleaded no contest in order to avoid jail time.
Contreras has also negated reports that her ex- abused her. In a statement to TMZ.com, she says: "Stephen Belafonte and I had a long relationship that ended mutually. Despite reports, there was never any physical violence involved in the relationship. We share a beautiful three year old daughter together and are amicable."
Brown married Belafonte in a secret wedding this summer, a couple months after she gave birth to Angel Iris, fathered by ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy. A bitter paternity suit with the actor is ongoing.
"Everything I stand for is about being a strong, independent woman, so for him to be seen as a wife beater is devastating for me because he's not - he never has been," read a quote in the magazine article. "He hasn't been the best of people...I know everything that he's done. He went through group therapy and counseling, but he's fully aware of what he's done."