As you may have heard, former Spice Girls singer Mel B is in the midst of a nasty divorce from Stephen Belafonte.
In addition to Mel’s claims that Belafonte abused her throughout their marriage (he denies the claims) there’s another nasty matter that shows no sign of being resolved any time soon.
It seems that Mel and her husband recorded a sex tape during their time together, and she’s understandably concerned that he’ll release it publicly in an effort to cash in and exact revenge.
TMZ is reporting today that Mel spent much of the past week attempting to gain access to a storage unit belonging to her former nanny, Lorraine Gilles, which she believes contains the only copy of the racy footage.
Mel maintains that Gilles and Belafonte had an affair, and even goes so far as to insist that Belafonte got Gillis pregnant.
She now believes that Gilles and Belafonte plan to extort her using the sex tape and other private information from her marriage.
At first, Mel was denied access to the unit, basically being told that Gilles is current on her rent, and this ain’t an episode of Storage Wars, so Mel has no right to go through her former employee’s property.
Yesterday afternoon, however, Mel and her lawyers apparently got the go-ahead from a judge, after somehow proving that Gilles was holding information that could be used for blackmail.
Unfortunately, witnesses say Mel and her legal team left the Public Storage facility empty-handed.
The sex tape wasn’t there, possibly because Gilles had so much lead-time to move it elsewhere.
So for now, at least, the footage is still out there somewhere.
We can’t imagine Belafonte will be able to sell it, as that deal would certainly come with a lot of legal headaches for the buyer.
But he can threaten to release it for free until Mel gives him what he wants, which appears to be a more favorable divorce settlement.
Yes, it seems as though Mel and Stephen are making a real bid for the title of Ugliest Celebrity Breakup of 2017.
They have some stiff competition, but these crazy kids might just pull it off!