More than two years after RadarOnline.com exclusively revealed that Mel B had secretly overdosed amid reports she was hospitalized for stomach pains, the former Spice Girls star is coming forward with a shocking suicide confession.
According to the singer’s no-holds-barred declaration in a Los Angeles court filing, she claims her husband Stephen Belafonte’s alleged abuse and “mind-games” became so “overwhelming” in December 2014, she swallowed a whole bottle of painkiller Aspirin in “in a moment of emotional and physical exhaustion.”
The star — also known as Melanie Brown — claims she regretted her reckless behavior, but alleges that Belafonte, 41, refused to let her call authorities for help from her U.K. residence.
“He threw me in the bedroom (without a phone) and locked the door, telling me to ‘die, b****!’” she writes in the April 3 memo. “I tried to break down the door, and eventually I was able to break the lock as it was very old. Seeing that I opened the door, Respondent pushed it shut.”
Amid his wife’s overdose horror, Belafonte allegedly began a horrific beating.
“Each time I would pry the door open and try to squeeze out, Respondent would slam the door on my head,” she continues. “I kept telling him that I wanted to get my stomach pumped and I begged him to let me out.”
A friend named Randy eventually came over and called an ambulance, but Brown claims Belafonte turned help away.
The next morning, a driver witnessed her injuries and took her to the hospital, where she remained for two days.
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“I was badly hurt,” the then-X Factor UK judge claims, adding that she ordered security to keep her husband off the premises.
When reports began circling that she had been abused, Belafonte allegedly demanded Brown publicly announce that she had attempted suicide.
When she refused, “he threatened that he would tell X Factor and the press that I tried to kill myself so I would lose my job,” she claims. “He berated me and called me stupid.”
“Given his threat, I felt compelled to tell my employers myself that I had attempted suicide in an effort to escape from my husband and his abusive conduct. My employers understood and were genuinely empathetic and supportive. They offered to assist me to get as far away as possible from Respondent.”