KEEP MUM

Ex’s fury at Mel B’s mother

The People - - NEWS & FEATURES - By Halina Watts SHOWBIZ EDITOR

HE has just set­tled his bit­ter le­gal fight with ex-wife Mel B but Stephen Be­la­fonte could now face a bat­tle with her mother.

The 42-year-old is said to be “fu­ri­ous” over An­drea Brown’s pub­lic al­le­ga­tions about him abus­ing his fam­ily.

Friends of the restau­ra­teur say he could take le­gal ac­tion if she con­tin­ues.

A source said: “Stephen is fum­ing. He has been so happy over the set­tle­ment but Mel’s mum won’t back down. She con­tin­ues to ac­cuse him of be­ing a do­mes­tic abuser and that is the big­gest deal for him. He wants to clear his name.”

Mel, 42, set­tled pri­vately this week, just days be­fore a sched­uled two-week trial over the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence claims.

Stephen said he was “the hap­pi­est guy in the world” ad­ding: “I’m glad the cloud of sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is no longer over my head.”

If the trial had gone ahead it would have been a PR dis­as­ter for Mel. Dozens ozens of sex tapes were to be played in court. ourt.

In­sid­ers say the set­tle­ment means s she must make no ref­er­ence in pub­lic to o any al­le­ga­tion of abuse con­cern­ing Be­la­fonte. onte.

But that did not stop An­drea, 60, post­ing more claims and in­clud­ing ng Mel’s daugh­ter Phoenix, 18. She said: d: “My daugh­ter is no quit­ter. The abuse e she and Phoenix went through will l not be set­tled out of court...all BS!!”

FIGHT­ERS: Mel and mum An­drea

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