Scary Spice Strapped For Cash After $3M Divorce

Mel B's bitter divorce with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte has left her close to financial ruin, a shocking list of the star's expenditure reveals.

In devastating court documents obtained by, Mel includes a list of her huge spending in 2017 and the first half of 2018, including more than $1m on lawyer and accountancy fees.

In 2017 the singer's net income plummeted to -$3.2million due to her huge outgoings.

On Monday, it was revealed the former Spice Girl's financial situation was so bad she says her paychecks are now being garnished by officials to satisfy hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to the IRS for back taxes.

But in the filing Mel, 43, also details the enormous cost of her divorce and her other life expenses in an income and expense declaration that reveals the true scale of her spending in the past 18 months.

In 2017, she says she paid Belafonte $422,500 in spousal support and contributions to his legal fees. She also shelled out $58,339.55 on a private investigator, $63,325.25 on meals and entertainment, $49,162.14 on medical bills and $120,805.87 on travel expenses.

The upkeep of the Hollywood mansion where she and Belafonte used to live set her back $42,549.06 and just over $21k for the first half of 2018.

She says she has shelled out $1,071,150.80 on lawyer fees so far and still owes $797,102.78 to several lawyers and forensic accountants.

Of this total, the documents reveal she paid high flying Hollywood lawyer Susan Wiesner $699,662.36 but still owes her $508,592. She also paid lawyer Larry Bakman $20k.

The star parted ways with the high profile pair as her lawyers last November.

Meanwhile she has paid accounting firm Gurney Schneider just over $11k but still owes them $173,038 and her current lawyer Taline Boyamian has earned $120k so far, which has been paid.

The singer also has almost $100k still owing on two different credit cards.

The paperwork also lists a payment of $50k for 'Gilles Settlement' - presumably for a pay out to her former nanny Lorraine Gilles who she accused of having an affair with Belafonte as well as extorting her. 

Mel reached a resolution with Gilles last November after dropping a domestic violence restraining order against her, however, the nanny has also sued her for defamation and that case is still pending.

Other bills she has been left to take care of include $9,072 a month on school fees for her kids, $5k for her eldest daughter Phoenix's rent, $5,544 on childcare costs as well as finding $3,217 a month to give away in charitable donations.

In 2017 Mel spent $12,447.60 on cars, $5918.72 on flowers and even forked out at $855 in 'violations'.

Perhaps most alarmingly, Mel admits her and Belafonte, 43, still owe a staggering $838,854 in US taxes for 2016 - far more than they have admitted in previous court filings.

Equally worrying for the star is her own tax liability for 2017 - which she estimates is $1m. She writes she has so far 'been unable to make any payments on these mounting debts'.

The paperwork says she has had notice from the Franchise Tax Board they will begin to garnish her wages due to the 2016 debt. They have also sent notice that they have filed a lien against her and Belafonte's Hollywood home due to non-payment.

Mel has been trying to tackle her debts with her huge income - which she also includes in the filing.

She estimates her current earnings are on average $250,269 a month - including investment income and income as the owner of her company Purple Owl Inc. The lion's share of this income is from Purple Owl ($242,116 on average per month) although for last month she says the company made $464,189.

However in her calculations of profit and loss from 2017 Mel says she only made a salary of $26,445.75 from her company and for January-June 2018 she states her salary so far as a measly $11,181.54.

In fact her biggest source of income for 2017 was $250k a year in child support - presumably from daughter Angel's actor father Eddie Murphy. She has also received $125k for the first half of 2018.

Despite her status as one of the world's most successful pop stars ever, Mel claims she finished 2017 in debt.

In total she states her 2017 expenses were $3,510,292.16 while she earned just $276,445.75 leaving her $3,257,246.84 in the red.

So far in 2018 (January to June) she puts her income as $177,937.07. However her expenses so far total $923,900.57 - including paying Belafonte $241,973.01 in spousal support.

Mel says her current assets are just $75,890 in her bank account as well as her and Belafonte's $6.5m Hollywood home. However they still owe $3,124,982 on the house, so if it sold for it's current value they would only get $3,375,018.

Mel supplied the judge with details of her financial woes after Belafonte asked the court to force her to pay him more than $1m towards his legal fees, accountant fees and child support.

In her accompanying declaration, Mel blasted Belafonte for not supporting himself, she wrote: 'Since Stephen cannot seek additional spousal support as the judgment clearly states that spousal support is non-modifiable, he is now using our child as another means in which to get more money.

'Stephen has not provided any information as if he is trying to become self-supporting or if his 'company' is making any type of income. Stephen's actual monthly earnings are unclear. He has listed zero income. He does not provide any documents to support his 'self employment'.

'I am sole provider for our daughter in every way. I have guaranteed that her standard of living would not be disrupted by way of this divorce. I pay the entirety of her education, summer camps, and extracurricular activities, without any contribution from Stephen whatsoever.'

Mel also says she pays 'the entirety' of the bills for their Hollywood Hills mansion and that although Belafonte is due to reimburse her for some of those expenditures she doesn't believe she will ever see the money from him because he 'cries he is 'cash poor' at every turn'.

Pleading with the judge not to grant Belafonte's request, she added: 'I have been unable to pay for my own attorney fees, yet alone contribute another $900,000 as Stephen has requested. If the court orders that I contribute additional funds to Stephen for attorney fees, I am extremely concerned that I will only continue to grow further into debt as I will continue to handle our community debts and Stephen will continue to financially prosper from me.'

Last month Belafonte filed his own income and expense declaration which are a stark contrast to Mel.

He claims he earns no money at all apart from the $15k he gets in spousal support. He listed his monthly expenses as $18,600 including $2k on 'entertainment, gifts and vacation', $1,500 on 'eating out' and $1,500 on clothes.

He stated he has so far spent $224,394.58 on lawyer fees - paid for by 'loan/OP's court ordered payments' and he still owes his legal team $701,315.16 and $70k to a forensic accountant.

The couple's $6.5m home is on the market and they hope selling it will alleviate their debts. However in a separate declaration by Mel's accountant Roopenian he says he estimates the couple will owe a further $800k in capital gains taxes once it sells and at the moment they have no agreement on who is going to pay those taxes, he wrote: 'I am concerned that neither party will have the financial ability to make these payments and the tax debt will only continue to increase.' has contacted a spokesperson for Mel B for comment. 


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