The heated court battle between ex Spice Girl Melanie Brown and her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, has cooled off— for now— as both sides reached an agreement concerning a restraining order the singer filed against her ex, RadarOnline.com can confirm.
Brown and Belafonte, both 42, appeared at Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday morning for a hearing on the singer's civil harassment restraining order against Belafonte. Attorneys on both sides, however, said a settlement was reached between the two late Wednesday night. The details of the settlement are confidential, said one of Brown's attorneys, Claudia Osuna.
A partial settlement also was reached concerning the custody of one of the former couple’s child, who is still a minor. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas ordered a status conference on the case for March 15, 2018.
The divorce battle between the singer and producer has grown vicious in the past months. Belafonte accused Brown of being addicted to cocaine and alcohol and therefore ruining their marriage.
The legal fight escalated when he shared private messages between him and Brown’s therapist. The texts made it clear that she was on medication for her addictions. Brown has said that their relationship went downhill after Belafonte had sexual relations with their children’s nanny, Lorraine Gillis, without her permission.
Brown and Belafonte, who were flanked by their various attorneys, remained silent during Thursday’s hearing and stayed on opposite sides of the courtroom hallway when the hearing concluded.
The legal issues, however, isn’t quite over for the America’s Got Talent judge. According to Brown's attorneys, the domestic violence restraining order Brown filed in May against Gillis has yet to be finalized. At Thursday’s court hearing, Brown’s legal team said a settlement agreement could be completed by the afternoon. Until that agreement is signed, that restraining order stays in effect until Monday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas told attorneys from both sides if the domestic restraining order case moves forward, video tapes of Belafonte that could be used as evidence could be played in open court since the case does not involve minor children.
“I hope I won’t see any of you on Monday,” the judge jokingly told both sides and their attorneys.
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