Mel B has been ‘ordered to pay’ estranged husband Stephen Belafonte a reported £30,529 ($40,000) a month, despite ‘squandering’ the bulk of her multi-million pound fortune during their 10-year marriage.
A Los Angeles judge is understood to have granted film producer Belafonte’s request for emergency spousal support to cover basic amenities including food, housing and phone bills.
According to the website the order also includes a separate £106,813 ($140,000) payment for his legal fees as their acrimonious divorce proceedings continue.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com Judge Lawrence P Riff made the order at LA Superior Court Friday.
The judge did however decline to slap an order on Mel B requiring her to desist from interfering in the listing and sale of the couple’s $8.9million Hollywood Hills home.
Belafonte, 42, who is banned from the home under terms of a temporary restraining order against him, had accused his wife of preventing real estate agents from being able to show the property.
The documents note that Mel, also 42, had opposed all of her husband’s requests for relief and seeks her own relief, asking the court to give Belafonte a Gavron warning – a notice insisting he become self-supporting.
Judge Riff wrote: ‘The Court has considered carefully Brown’s allegations… that she suffered serious, debilitating abuse at the hands of Belafonte resulting in bodily injury and profound emotional distress.’
But he added that Belafonte had also entered a sworn declaration ‘categorically and emphatically’ denying all such allegations.
In conclusion he wrote that the ‘competing user-oath allegations and denials’ do not constitute documented evidence.
‘Belafonte’s request for temporary Spousal Support is granted,’ he said.
Mel is said to earn about £190,000 ($249,000) a month by being a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Her financial situation was laid bare in June when it was revealed her multi-million pound fortune had been wiped out due to her ‘extravagant’ lifestyle.
And in another shocking twist to the divorce battle, it was claimed the Spice Girls star has just £961 ($1259) left in one of her company accounts.
Mel’s British account Moneyspider Productions, which was set up in 1997, holds the small amount of funds, as revealed by The Sunday People.
Its nature of business is listed as ‘Sound recording and music publishing activities’
A source told the Mirror: ‘Mel is an international superstar, still working as a judge on America’s Got Talent, but she only has a small amount of money in the bank, according to Companies House. People may be very surprised.
Mel also owns 20% of Spice Girls Limited which held £109,987 as of August 31, 2016. Her fellow bandmates own the remainder.
She owns 16% of Octopus Direct along with the other Spice Girls and music mogul Simon Fuller.