Mel B's contentious divorce with husband Stephen Belafonte is getting more complex. According to TMZ, the former Spice Girl is now under criminal investigation for witness tampering. Mel had previously claimed that her husband was abusive to her but rapper Siya, of Sisterhood of Hip Hop, was apparently going to deny those claims. In a police report filed Monday, Mel allegedly sent texts to the rapper, threatening her if she testified against her.
When Siya received the texts, she showed them to law enforcement and that's when the case was opened. It's unclear the extent of Siya's relationship with the couple. Some sources tell the outlet that she was very close to Mel and Belafonte while others claim they only met a few times.
Fans of Sisterhood of Hip Hop will remember Siya as an outspoken rapper from Brooklyn. A protege of Tank, she describes herself as hip-hop's first openly gay artist.
Aside from the abuse claims, sources tell TMZ that Siya was going to testify on a slew of other issues that would be damaging to Mel's claims. For instance, she was prepared to testify that Mel frequently took illegal drugs. She was also going to contradict Mel's claims that she was forced into group sex with Belafonte and the couple's nanny, Lorraine Gilles. Gilles has filed her own defamation lawsuit against Mel. She claims that Mel was a consensual participant in the threesomes and even taped their encounters over the course of seven years.
Mel B and Belafonte were married in 2007. The 41-year-old claims that she endured various types of abuse over the course of the marriage, including physical violence and mental intimidation. She said Belafonte forced her into group sex and threatened to leak their sex tapes as blackmail.
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