Mel B gets restraining order against “abusive” estranged husband Stephen Belafonte

It looks like Mel B and Stephen Belafonte’s divorce is going to be a messy one…

The latest news is that Mel B has been granted a temporary restraining order against soon-to-be ex-husband Stephan Belafonte, after claiming that he subjected her to years of emotional and physical abuse throughout their marriage.

She has also been granted sole custody of their 5-year-old daughter Madison, although it is likely that he will fight for joint custody at future court hearings.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, the former Spice Girl also claimed that her ex has previously threatened to release private sex tapes – some of which were filmed without her knowledge – if she went public about the abuse.

“He threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way – destroy my career and take my kids from me,” she reportedly said.

The official court papers also back this up:

“Stephen placed both of his hands around her neck, began choking her and slammed her down onto the hardwood floors while she was preparing for U.S. talent show Dancing With The Stars.”

There are many allegations in this ongoing court case – all of which Stephen Belafonte seems to be denying…

“I think someone is trying to set me up to be a bad guy,” he told TMZ. “It’s accusation after accusation. But we’ll have our day in court.

“We have beautiful, amazing children. Why do this? We were friends two weeks ago. And all of a sudden a team gets around and there’s this?

“I guess somebody has to be making a lot of money off this – mainly the lawyers.”

We have a feeling this could go on for a very long time.

We’ll keep you updated!