Spice Girl in des­per­ate plea to di­vorce case judge

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by MIKE PARKER sun­day@dai­

MEL B has begged a judge to hold her di­vorce case in pri­vate – to stop her hus­band play­ing a sex tape of them in court.

The trou­bled Spice Girl made the plea af­ter learn­ing es­tranged hub­bie Stephen Be­la­fonte aims to en­ter 54 videos – in­clud­ing at least one sex tape – as ev­i­dence.

Her lawyers claim the court “has a duty” to shield Mel’s three chil­dren “from be­ing ex­posed to any ex­plicit ma­te­rial he in­tends to air”.

In new le­gal pa­pers, her lawyers say the best way to en­sure that is for the trial to be “sealed”. The public would be ex­cluded and the me­dia re­stricted from re­port­ing sala­cious de­tails.

The judge is likely to de­liver his de­ci­sion early next month, when the war­ring cou­ple are due to ap­pear to­gether in court.

Mel and Be­la­fonte, both

42, looked stony-faced when they ap­peared briefly at LA Su­pe­rior

Court on Fri­day for the lat­est hear­ing in their bit­ter bat­tle.

It came just 24 hours af­ter Mel wrote on Instagram: “The truth al­ways comes out in the end, no mat­ter how hard any­one tries to hide it or stop it.”

The Amer­ica’s

Got Tal­ent judge has ac­cused her ex of “emo­tional and phys­i­cal abuse” dur­ing their 10-year mar­riage. She claims he co­erced her into a se­ries of three­somes and got their 26-year-old nanny Lor­raine Gilles preg­nant. Be­la­fonte has hit back by claim­ing Mel was a will­ing par­tic­i­pant dur­ing filmed sex with him and other women.

He also al­leges she was ad­dicted to co­caine and al­co­hol dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship, which left him “fear­ful for the well­be­ing” of the chil­dren.

He is fight­ing for shared cus­tody of their daugh­ter Madi­son, six, and vis­i­ta­tion rights to see step-daugh­ter An­gel, 10, whose dad is ac­tor Ed­die Mur­phy.

Mel has a third child, 18-year-old Phoenix Chi, whose fa­ther is her first hus­band, Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar. Be­la­fonte’s lawyers have con­firmed they are plan­ning to in­ter­view – and pos­si­bly sub­poena – an un­named 22-year-old woman.

She claims she too was in­volved in a “three-way” romp with him and Mel.

They are also re­port­edly plan­ning to quiz Bev­erly Hills Po­lice siege ne­go­tia­tor Ryan Lawrence, 32. He briefly dated Mel fol­low­ing her split from Be­la­fonte last De­cem­ber. A source close to Be­la­fonte last night said: “He wants them both de­posed so they have to make state­ments un­der oath. “Then his lawyers will de­cide if they will be called as wit­nesses in the case.”

■ STONY FACED: Mel B in L.A. af­ter vis­it­ing court and, be­low right, with Be­la­fonte be­fore split

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