MEL FI­NALLY FACES DI­VORCE TRIAL

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She’s had one of the most toxic break-ups in Hol­ly­wood, with al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­lence, money is­sues and three­somes. And this week, Mel B is fi­nally due in court to be­gin di­vorce pro­ceed­ings from husband Stephen Be­la­fonte, eight months af­ter they an­nounced their split.

The case has been held up sev­eral times, and last week a judge in­sisted there would be “no more de­lays” and even threat­ened Mel, 42, with jail af­ter she missed a court date while she was in Aus­tralia film­ing an ad­vert.

The cou­ple have made ex­plo­sive ac­cu­sa­tions against each other, with Mel claim­ing that her ex drugged her, was phys­i­cally abu­sive and threat­ened to re­lease sex tapes of her.

She also ac­cused Stephen – fa­ther of her five-year-old daugh­ter Madi­son – of hav­ing an af­fair and im­preg­nat­ing their nanny Lor­raine Gilles – who is now at­tempt­ing to sue Mel for £1.6m for defama­tion.

In an­other twist, the for­mer Spice Girl’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion was laid bare in June, when it was re­vealed she’d frit­tered her multi-mil­lion pound for­tune on a lav­ish life­style and had just £961 left in one of her com­pany ac­counts. In July, a judge or­dered her to pay Stephen £30,500 a month in spousal sup­port.

But de­spite her fi­nan­cial and mar­i­tal stress, Mel looked calm and col­lected when she stepped out for din­ner in LA last week, just days be­fore her trial was set to be­gin.

Stephen is ac­cused of drug­ging Mel

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