Mel B.’s estranged husband Stephen Belafonte allegedly invited a convicted killer to spend the night — even offering the felon his pre-school daughter’s bed!
This shocking transgression was but one of the claims leveled at Stephen by attorneys for Mel at a custody hearing over the couple’s children. A judge in Los Angeles Superior Court surprised Mel’s legal team by granting the man they called “a convicted domestic-violence offender” visitation rights.
In his attempt to block the ruling, Mel's lawyer Larry Bakman cited the unsavory sleepover — in which the rapper True Life, freshly sprung after five years in a New York prison on a manslaughter conviction, bunked in 5-year-old Madison’s bed.
In line with prior claims Mel leveled against Stephen in the couple’s acrimonious divorce battle
— including sexual extortion
, mental and physical abuse — the Spice Girl’s lawyer cited Stephen’s “extensive criminal history” and called him “a continuing danger to the child.”
Bakman further claimed that Stephen, whose torrid and widely reported escapades
with Mel have raised eyebrows in recent weeks, had been involved in importing “women from other countries” to work in the “adult pornography” industry and argued that there was evidence of “possible money laundering.”
In successfully arguing for Stephen to at least have some access to 5-year-old Madison, lawyer Grace Jamra dismissed Bakman’s claims. “We're not going to address evidence that is being developed or fabricated or manufactured,” she told the court.
The court’s visitation terms allow Stephen to see Madison for two four-hour visits each week at a counseling center, and only with a court-approved monitor present.