Things just took a dark turn in Mel B's nasty court battle with her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. The Spice Girl accused her ex of exposing her daughters to "gruesome" ISIS beheading videos and is using it as grounds to block him from having visitation rights with her kids — specifically her 10-year-old daughter Angel Brown, whom Mel shares with her ex-boyfriend, comedian Eddie Murphy.
"When I was not present, Stephen thought it was funny or educational (I still do not know) to play videos of ISIS beheading individuals for Phoenix, Angel, and even Madison," the 42-year-old stated in court documents obtained by The Blast. This was entirely inappropriate for such young girls, who do not understand what is happening in the videos. Angel has repeatedly told me about these videos and that she was scared and frightened that Stephen would expose her to such gruesome images."
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A well needed dance with our feet in the sand,I'm sooo grateful I can hold my 3 girls in my arms with there grandma right now coz it's been way too long and I no my father is watching right now,when we landed there was his rainbow 🌈 above my room,for real there was,I have no more words!! #iseeyoudady #thankfulforfamily #nomoregaslighting #takeyourlifeback #thetruthwillsetyoufree #trustandbelieve
Mel's oldest daughter Phoenix — whom she shares with her ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar — provided a statement to back up her mom's claims. "He got us all to watch men being beheaded with chainsaws by ISIS," the 19-year-old wrote. She also said he had gotten "aggressive" with her younger sisters if they broke a rule, "like talking while he was on the phone," according to People. "He would just yell really up close to them," she said.
The America's Got Talent judge made the shocking claims in response to Stephen's attempt to get visitation rights to his former step-daughter, but Mel doesn't seem to want Stephen to have a relationship with Angel.
This is just another issue in the long, drawn-out divorce process between Mel and Stephen. The former couple separated in December 2016 after nearly ten years of marriage, and in her March 2017 divorce filing, Mel accused her estranged husband of drug use and also "emotional and physical abuse." Their divorce was finalized in December 2017, but they're due to face off in court later this month where a judge will rule on her opposition to his visitation rights.