In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, the embattled hit maker, 42, authorized her legal team to shut down her former employee’s libel lawsuit against her, spending thousands of pounds to counter her case in the process.
The America’s Got Talent judge was hit with the suit after she claimed that 25-year-old Lorraine was one of the main reasons her marriage to film producer Stephen Belafonte broke down in her March divorce paperwork. To counter the case, Mel B’s representation, the Buchalter Law Firm, submitted 403 pages of legal dockets in a frantic bid to urge Judge Dalila Lyons of Los Angeles Superior Court to rule the suit ‘null and void under California law.
‘The situation occurred after she alleged that the blonde from Germany had an affair with Stephen and terminated a pregnancy after their secret trysts. The nanny heavily denied the allegations and filed a lawsuit against Mel for libel. An LA legal source told the paper: ‘Mel has spent thousands of pounds on lawyers to try and shut down the nanny. She knows a full-blown trial could cost her vast amounts in legal fees alone. If she loses it would be unthinkable for her financial status. ‘Mel has told the judge her accusations about Lorraine were no smear campaign as she did not act in “reckless disregard”’.
The music star is said to be battling debts having spent the $50 million fortune she accumulated during her time in the Spice Girls.
Tanya Hart has the Hollywood Live story on Mel B. plus R. Kelly and the White House shakeup: