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Stephen Belafonte Mel B Made Sex Tapes a Public Issue ... Not Me

4/7/2017 2:55 PM PDT

Stephen Belafonte says Mel B blindsided him with allegations of sex tape extortion and out-and-out stealing precious Spice Girls memories ... this according to docs he just filed in their divorce war.

Stephen is strongly insinuating it is Mel B, not him, who is waging a smear campaign. Belafonte says in docs filed Friday, he was on the verge of settling the financial and custody issues, and even agreed to voluntarily stay away from Mel, but then she surprised him with a series of very public allegations in a surprise request for a restraining order, alleging domestic violence and extortion.

As for Mel's claims that Stephen threatened to expose her sex tapes, his lawyers say, "[Mel B] herself put her sexual trysts and the like at issue by alleging that [Belafonte] allegedly videotaped and/or recorded such conduct and forced her to have sexual relations, etc." He also says she's the one who disclosed in her legal docs some of the tapes involved 3-ways.

Belafonte's lawyers also grouse Mel was the primary breadwinner and forced him out of their family home with only one hour to gather his personal belongings, as Mel B watched "the entire charade in an SUV parked outside the residence."

Belafonte's lawyers say Mel B has completely cut him off financially.

Mel B Nanny My Husband Got Pregnant Has My Sex Tapes

4/7/2017 1:24 PM PDT

We just got additional documents in the latest Mel B saga, and she claims the nanny Stephen Belafonte got pregnant is still working with him by holding sex tapes over the singer's head for extortion.

TMZ broke the story, Mel B's lawyers Larry Bakman and Susan Wiesner were in court Friday claiming Stephen has been threatening to release the tapes as a means of maintaining control over her ... repeatedly threatening to destroy her reputation and smear her name by making the tapes public.

According to the new docs, Belafonte "would regularly hold up his phone to me and point to a video file and say, 'It's just one click away,' meaning that with one click he could send out a video and my career would be over."

Mel B says she's lived in fear for a decade and it was flat-out extortion.

Now the twist ... Mel B says, "He [Stephen] has admitted to me that our former nanny, Lorraine Gilles, maintains possession and control over the media such that I could never have anyone locate the tapes so as to obtain and destroy the same."   

As we reported, Mel B believes some of the tapes, along with 12-15 boxes of her Spice Girls memorabilia as well as photos of her dad, are in a storage locker with the user name, "Lorraine Gilles." But according to the docs, she is deeply involved ... Mel B says the locker is "controlled" by Gilles. She says, "I believe that Lorraine Gilles and [Belafonte] are acting in concert to deprive me of my personal belongings by either destroying or disseminating said belongings."

Mel B says she and her people have repeatedly asked Gilles for the keys and location of the storage facility, but Gilles -- who has since married -- has blown her off.

As we reported, the judge on Friday specifically ordered Stephen not to disseminate sexually explicit photos or images of Mel B. He did not rule yet on her request to make Belafonte tell or facilitate the removal of her belongings at the storage facility.

Mel B Judge, Stop Belafonte from Releasing Sex Tapes And Holding My Spice Girls Memorabilia Hostage

4/7/2017 11:52 AM PDT

Mel B's lawyers just got a judge to reinforce a court that Stephen Belafonte is prohibited from distributing sex tapes, photographs or other sexually explicit material of the former Spice Girl.

Lawyers for both sides were in court Friday morning dealing with the sex tapes. Sources connected to Mel B tell TMZ, Belafonte repeatedly threatened multiple times to release sex tapes of her, just before she went to court to get a restraining order against him.

Now this is even crazier. One of the issues raised Friday was that Mel B's lawyers say after Mel B filed for divorce last month and left the family house, Belafonte took 12 to 15 boxes from the garage containing all of the photos of her recently deceased father, along with all of her Spice Girls memorabilia and put it in a storage locker somewhere in L.A.

We're told Mel B and her lawyers Larry Bakman and Susan Wiesner have repeatedly asked him to return the photos but he didn't respond. They also asked him to tell them the location of the locker, but again, no response.

Now get this. Mel B found out Stephen has been paying for the storage locker with her money since 2009. She contacted her accountant and found a recent bill for the facility and it identifies the user name on the locker ... LORRAINE GILLES!!! That's the former nanny whom Mel B alleges had an affair with Belafonte while they were married. She also says he got her pregnant but convinced her to have an abortion.

Mel B's lawyers asked the judge to force Belafonte to give them the address of the Public Storage in question and the required passwords for entry, but the judge has not ruled on the request.

Michael Rapaport Blasts LaVar Ball for Ripping UCLA's White Guys

4/7/2017 10:37 AM PDT
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Michael Rapaport has had ENOUGH of LaVar Ball's trash talk -- and just tore Lonzo's dad a new a-hole for the comments he made about "white guys" being inferior basketball players.

The actor/basketball fanatic said he's sick of people giving LaVar a "pass" under the guise of being a "good father" ... and says it's time Ball starts being held accountable for the offensive statements he's made.

He also rips LaVar's Big Baller Brand shirts -- saying they look "uncomfortable as f*ck." 

LaVar's gonna be piiiiiised when he sees this!

Mel B I've Changed My Mind I Want Permanent Sole Custody

4/7/2017 8:03 AM PDT

Mel B has made a major change to her divorce petition ... she does not want to share joint custody with Stephen Belafonte for 2 reasons ... a domestic violence conviction, and a gun.

TMZ broke the story ... when Mel B filed for divorce last month she said she wanted joint legal and physical custody. Sources connected with Mel tell TMZ at the time she had no idea Stephen had a conviction for domestic violence involving another baby mama. She also didn't know the conviction prohibited him to possess a gun.

As we reported, Mel knew he had a gun and was not happy about it, especially since she alleges he repeatedly committed domestic violence against her. But we're told after recently finding out the gun was illegal to possess, she decided to change her custody strategy.

We're told Mel, who just got a temporary restraining order which prohibits Belafonte from having any contact with her 3 children, will go back to court and make the restraining order permanent.

Our sources also say in the divorce case, she does not want Stephen to have any contact with 2 of her kids, one of whom is 10-year-old Angel, whose dad is Eddie Murphy, and 18-year-old Phoenix -- a child from another marriage.

We're told Mel might ultimately be ok with giving Belafonte monitored visits with their child, 5-year-old Madison, but not now.

Belafonte has asked for joint legal and physical custody of Madison.

Scarlett Johansson Blasts Ivanka Trump as 'Cowardly'

4/7/2017 7:45 AM PDT

Scarlett Johansson held back no punches, blasting Ivanka Trump as a coward.

Scarlett went off Thursday with Arianna Huffington at the Women in the World Summit in NYC ... eviscerating Ivanka after Ivanka said her biggest influence will happen behind the scenes.

The actress was baffled, saying her approach of standing behind a man and only voicing her disagreements in private "is so old fashioned and it is so uninspired and actually really cowardly."

Scarlett was a big Hillary supporter and recently mocked Ivanka on 'SNL' with a fake perfume ad called "Complicit."

Kylie Jenner Locked In 'Savage' Rap Beef ... Who's Your Daddy??

4/7/2017 12:20 AM PDT

Kylie Jenner's the prize in a battle between rapper 21 Savage and his rival, 22 Savage ... who just recorded a love song of sorts to woo her.

TMZ got ahold of the track, "Kylie's Daddy," which features 22 S as well as teen sisters, Iliana Eve and DJ Hannahbella and singer, Ziggy.

The track will be part of the sisters' debut album, "Daddy Issues" -- but the real issue here is 22 Savage making such a public play for Kylie ... after 21 Savage made it clear HE wants to make it nasty with her.

21's already got beef with 22 over the whole name thing, and this song won't help. It has 22 and Iliana dropping pickup lines on Kylie! We're told it'll be on iTunes and Spotify in the next week or so. 

BTW, no truth to reports 21 Savage collaborated on the track. Pretty sure this won't be on his playlist.

Charles Oakley Rips Rodman For LeBron Comments 'You Wasn't a Tough Guy'

4/6/2017 4:07 PM PDT
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Charles Oakley is firing back at Dennis Rodman for criticizing LeBron James ... and he's hitting The Worm below the skirt.

Rodman made headlines earlier this week for telling CBS Sports that Michael Jordan would NEVER takes games off in the middle of the season ... unlike LeBron.

Dennis insinuated Jordan was tougher than James ... and he cussed a lot to make his point.

The comments didn't sit well with Oakley -- one of MJ's closest friends -- who issued this retort:

"I think LeBron is smart, you don't have to be tough to play basketball Miss wedding dress."

Calling Rodman soft 'cause he wore women's clothing? Wanna rethink that, Oak?

Mel B's Sister Belafonte Is 'Sorry Excuse of a Man' ... Threatened Us for Years

4/6/2017 6:38 AM PDT
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Stephen Belafonte tormented Mel B's family, saying they'd be cut off from her again ... according to Melanie's sister, who's now dancing on Stephen's metaphorical grave.

Danielle Brown says "8 years of abusive calls me and my mum have had stating we would never see Melanie again. I am laughing and celebrating as you were wrong. You are a sorry excuse of a man."

She also told Lorraine Giles -- the nanny Mel says Belafonte got pregnant -- to "rot in hell."

And perhaps best of all, Danielle quoted Beyonce in a parting shot at her sister's estranged husband -- "To the left to the left everything you own in the box to the left."


Stephen Belafonte Mel B's Allegations Are a Pack of Lies

4/5/2017 1:40 PM PDT

Stephen Belafonte has broken his silence, telling TMZ ... Mel B's domestic violence allegations are "outrageous and unfounded."

Belafonte's lawyers tell us, "It's a shame that Ms. Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter. In due course, Mr. Belafonte will be filing his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms. Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies."

The statement goes on, "When the Court determines the truth, it will become clear that this entire charade was nothing more than a smear campaign intended to cover up Ms. Brown's own conduct during the marriage in light of her current involvement with a family television show, and in an effort to unfairly gain leverage both financially and with respect to custody of the children."

The lawyers go on ... "When the degree to which Ms. Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr. Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse will be understandably offended, angry and upset."

"Mr. Belafonte is confident that the truth will come out when he has his day in court at which time he looks forward to being reunited with his children," adding, "What matters most to Mr. Belafonte is the safety and well-being of his daughters and step-daughters."

Mel B Huddling Up with Lawyer Over Belafonte Drama

4/5/2017 1:00 PM PDT

Mel B beelined it for her attorney Wednesday, possibly with new evidence in her nasty divorce from Stephen Belafonte.

She seemed determined heading into the office building after making a quick stop at her Bev Hills home ... where assistants removed a computer for her. Stephen's been banned from the house by the restraining order ... so it's unclear why she'd take the computer.

It is clear Mel will be spending a lot of time with her lawyers in the months ahead.

Lennox Lewis Trashes Floyd vs. Conor ... It's a Terrible Fight!

4/5/2017 6:07 AM PDT

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather will SUCK ... so says Lennox Lewis who says the hypothetical match is more of a spectacle than a real fight.

The former heavyweight champion of the world says he respects both guys in their respective sports -- but putting them both in the same ring is a disaster waiting to happen.

That said ... you KNOW Lennox will order the PPV just like the rest of us!

Nia Long I Love Taraji, But ... I Hate This Meter Man!

4/5/2017 12:50 AM PDT

Seconds after Nia Long insisted she has NO beef with Taraji P. Henson, some fresh beef was served up ... on the windshield of her Porsche.

Nia was out in Bev Hills Tuesday with a throng of paps, including our guy who asked her how she and Taraji left things. She has a much different memory of the situation from others on the "Empire" set.

You gotta see the funny part of this though -- Nia escaping a jaywalking ticket, only to get nailed by the parking meter man. She tries to talk her way out of it.

Celebrity justice?