Life & Style Weekly - - Inside Hollywood -

Me­lanie “Mel B” Brown’s ugly di­vorce keeps get­ting uglier. The Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent judge and for­mer Spice Girl un­der­went a grueling deposition in her bit­ter di­vorce bat­tle with Stephen Be­la­fonte in Oc­to­ber, and “there were nu­mer­ous times when Mel broke down cry­ing and needed to take breaks to com­pose her­self,” re­veals an in­sider. Dur­ing the deposition, for which Stephen wasn’t present, his lawyers played a num­ber of the es­tranged cou­ple’s sex tapes. “Hav­ing to watch those tapes in a room full of peo­ple,” the in­sider says, “was hu­mil­i­at­ing and de­mor­al­iz­ing.” Af­ter nearly 10 years of mar­riage, Mel, 42, filed for di­vorce from Stephen, also 42, on March 20, and their split has been marked by al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing drug use, cheat­ing and abuse. “Stephen’s lawyers,” the in­sider says, “were re­lent­less.”

A drain­ing day of ques­tion­ing fi­nally ended when “Mel’s lawyers shut down the deposition,” an in­sider tells Life & Style.

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