He’s just settled with ex wife Mel B but Stephen Belafonte has got a new battle...with his former mother-in-law.
I’m told the 42-year-old is “furious” with Mel’s mum Andrea, 60, over her constant public statements accusing him of abusing his family.
Friends of the restaurant owner say he could take legal action if she doesn’t drop the jibes.
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 completely.”
This week Mel settled privately just days before a two week trial over the domestic violence claims.
If it had gone ahead it would have been a PR disaster for the star as dozens of sordid sex tapes were to be played to a judge.
Insiders say as part of the settlement Mel, 42, must not, outside of court, reference allegations of past abuse concerning Stephen.
They also claim the star is “coming to terms with the realisation that her court matters have deeply impacted her life.”
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But that didn’t not stop the former Spice Girl’s mum Andrea taking to social media to make more allegations, including ones that Phoenix, 18, may have potentially been abused.
She said: “My daughter is no quitter. The abuse she and Phoenix went through will not be settled out of court...all BS!!
“Not true. All lies. This abuse will no way be settled out of court. Melanie and Phoenix will get justice in court!!”
As with most matters concerning Scary Spice, I doubt this saga is going to end any time soon...