Singer Melanie “Mel B” Brown was in a good mood as she left a Los Angeles courtroom today with her rumored lover Gary Madatyan. Mel B was in court for a hearing with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte over child custody.

According to The Blast, Stephen (pictured) claimed that Mel isn’t fit to retain custody of her children, because she’s a raging alcoholic.

Stephen is battling the 43-year-old Spice Girls singer for custody of their daughter Madison Brown Belafonte, 6.

Stephen’s witness was a man named Russell Updegraff (pictured), who claims he worked as a caregiver for Mel B’s two children, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, 11, and Madison.

Updegraff testified that Mel B has a “serious drinking problem.”

Updegraff claims Mel “usually drinks daily, often passing out later in the day or blacking out.” He also accused the mother-of-2 of bringing strange men around the children. Alarmingly, one of the men attempted to molest one of the girls.

He says Mel B often starts the day with a beer — sometimes as early as 10:00 AM — before moving on to wine or hard liquor.

Updegraff claims that Mel B often sends him to fetch cocaine for her — confirming that Mel B has a substance abuse problem.

“I recall that Melanie asked me if I could get her cocaine when she was in the hospital on the day she gave birth to Angel,” he said.

According to Updegraff, Mel’s drinking leads to aggressive behavior towards the children. He describes one incident, saying, “Angel came running into my room, claiming that her mother grabbed her, shook her and dug her nails into her.”

Updegraff also claims Mel B brings strange men home. He claims one of the men “told me that he was taking Madison to the bathroom to shower her off” after they had been in the pool together.

Updegraff says he later told Mel about the incident but she “dismissed the whole issue, saying that’s ‘how french people are.’”

The custody hearing is scheduled to take place this afternoon.

Photos by LALO / CPR / GLH / BACKGRID

  • Carrington

    She has that alcoholic puffy face. She looks terrible.

  • Ni Ni

    Somebody needs to take the children cause she damn sure sounds unfit. The caregiver was right to be concerned. Although, i don’t think ole Belafonte should necessarily get them.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    She looks drunk and/or high in these pictures.

  • justlooking

    Bless her soul, drinking and addiction is no joke.

    Her ex husband is crumb ball. I believe he only concerned with money.

    May the favor and truthfulness be revealed.

  • Coy little wink

    She looks like a mannequin ?

  • dru and neil

    Okay let’s say Mel isn’t fit to care for the kids at this time, where are they going to go because Stephen shouldn’t get them full time either, his track record is no better!

  • ShelbyMoore

    Wow! She used to be so beautiful. Marrying the wrong man shole can take a toll on your face. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16fccac3d91076847b74336f93b008ef7584676a03b2521b5db3cdeb2c301a57.gif

  • Li-Wright

    Mel B. has one talent and that is to be a TV judge. She can’t sing, she can’t dance, act….what does she do? And right now she depends on Simon Cowell for a job.

  • Ni Ni

    To merry old London with the grandmother, if she is fit.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Oh she definitely on something

  • Junkanoo

    She looks tore up from the floor up she even looks drunk in this photo.

  • hi-liter

    Belafonte doesn’t really want that little girl, but he’ll take her cause the money comes with her. He’ll be K-fed #2. He knew all that about Mel cause he was down for it when they were together.

  • jujumanji

    This is all hearsay . Where is the evidence? Hardcore proof? Belafonte bum ass just want a check, him and Kendu on that same lame man train. That disheveled “caretaker” should have signed a NDA and not bite the hand that feeds him. And lastly if it’s his job to care for the kids the random French man should not have been able to have access to those kids. So that’s his fault if that incident happened at all. This seems like a witch hunt for Mel’s cash.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I read where she was a alcoholic and addicted to sex. Hopefully she gets it together.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    I don’t downplay any accusations if possible child abuse is at question BUT…as a paid caregiver why is a random man showering off a child? That’s what you get paid for sir. If it is true, maybe she hired ppl around her to take of her children knowing she was not always in the frame of mind to do so. If that’s the case they are preying on someone who they knew was vulnerable at the time and looking for a payout.

  • dontgetblocked

    I believe him. She’s an ole school drunk and cokehead from the 90s.

  • Renee26

    Jesus cover those babies with your protection!

  • Blaque Jade

    These accusations are vary serious. I hope she didn’t allow a man to shower with her daughter and thinks that is ok because hes’ French, if true she is putting her kids at serious risk to sexual abuse

  • the guest

    I feel bad for her. She’s never been right since Eddie left her and denied their baby for years. She only married that fake Belafonte to keep up appearances of having a man after Eddie humiliated her. And that fake Belafonte took advantage of her vulnerability and used her for money.

    Mel B. is still hurting over Eddie and just going through the motions of life. We need to pray for her and her children to heal and stay together. That Belafonte just wants FULL TIME child support and I bet he paid the manny to slander Mel B in court.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I believe this guy. To me, this has the ring of truth to it.

  • Malcom Flex

    Get-high mamas can’t keep an eye on the kids thats why some males are around them in the first place. Also why aren’t they being real about her pills and powder addiction?

  • Malcom Flex

    I think he meant the male WANTED to shower with the kid and he blocked it.

  • Malcom Flex

    Thats why they have the nannies, etc. watching the kids cuz they know she high AF

  • Malcom Flex

    He got with her cuz of her fame and money and breeded with her to do a Federline. He was getting high and swinging right along with her.

  • Malcom Flex

    Yup I just mentioned Federline before reading this. Classic con game. Get the big fish knocked up eat off her for 18 years with CS checks.

  • Malcom Flex

    Pills and powders. Plastic fantastics are high 24/7 including the Kartrashians, all those fake chicks are on opiates. They get pain pill scripts with botox and fillers. Note one eye is cock-eyed & droopy that’s bad botox.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Lord have mercy. No one has publicly asked her if she snorts cóke, so I’m assuming that’s why all folks can do is speculate. She can’t deny what she was never asked. But since this seems to be the norm in that industry, it’s not far fetched.

  • Faithz

    My Goodness so many of the Entertainers, Sports Figures, Artist are messed
    Up in their Minds, and in their Lives. Its worth Millions, and Millions
    to be able to sleep good at night, and not have to go to treatment
    centers, and try to live up to your own hype.

  • Faithz

    Amen!!

  • Faithz

    Yes she is.

  • Faithz

    My thoughts, Exactly!!

  • Faithz

    Smh and Lol.

  • Faithz

    You are so right about that.

  • Kimocha

    And I believe every damn word that is written….lol

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Mel B gotta problem on her hand. She dated, married, and got impregnated by a nobody who is now waiting patiently for her to screw up so he can get custody of those kids and child support for the rest of his life. He has no intention of getting a job. She will be paying him and I’m sure he’s not much better. She better get her life together cause those reality checks aren’t a guarantee and I don’t see the Spice Girls going on tour or releasing new music any time soon. She’s one of these celebs that don’t think their money could dry up. Wrong.

  • Kayke

    She asked for coke the day she gave birth ….. but Belafonte didn’t use this in the divorce proceedings or previous custody case? I find it weird that this witness was there since at least Angel’s birth and is just now coming forward with these very serious allegations. Where’s the evidence …. subpoena said man that shower with the child…. until then I take this as a concoction and media smear from that devil Belafonte.

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  • Kimocha

    Prince thought so too…. I think he got the panties that day…lol

  • CocoBabe88

    Oh please. Such an obvious ploy to get custody so Mel can pay him child support. This is why women should never marry down. I could sense his conniving ways years ago. I hope Mel has the best attorney money can buy. I hope she crushes this pos in court. And the reason her face looks like that is because she’s had bad fillers in her cheeks and eye area. Not because she’s on drugs.

  • Logan Roberts

    I don’t know what to believe damn. #whoszoominwho

  • DeepThinker

    Now this may explain why ol fruity Eddie dropped her so quick and why she settled for that fraud she married. Mel is really unstable. I knew she was in some mess because she really has not been looking her best in the past few years. Especially the crazy stuff happening with her hair. I hope she can get it together.

  • TheOwley

    Maybe she needs to hit rock wall to see the light. The bottom line is this unemployed bottom feeder is making a play for her money and her behavior will help him get whatever is left of her money. The kid will only solidify his position. The eldest is now of age but Eddie better get ready to make room for his daughter.

  • Bossy704

    Looks like she lost her hair a while back. It used to be so thick and gorgeous.

  • Trace da Ace

    these stories sound so damn crazy…..I feel like Belafonta is trying to sabotage her and cover up the fact that he is an abuser, gold digging asshole….IONO….jus saying

  • MJF

    That source doesn’t look too reliable in them white pants…sir are you sure you’re the caregiver or drug pusher? Sorry sorry

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    All that botox.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    This woman is so broken.