Mel B Ordered To Undergo Drug And Alcohol Test Amid Nasty Custody Battle


Former Spice Girls star Mel B has been ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol tests in her ongoing custody battle with former husband Stephen Belafonte.

On Friday, August 31, a former childminder dropped a bombshell in her ongoing legal spat by claiming the singer-turned-TV personality was an unfit mother.

Russell Updegraff, who looked after Mel’s daughters Madison and Angel, insisted in court papers her children were at risk due to her drinking.

The Wannabe singer denied the accusations, but in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, September 04, Judge Mark Juhas said Brown will undergo drug and alcohol testing for four months as part of the joint custody agreement she has in place with her ex.

The agreement specifies that neither Brown nor Belafonte can take drugs or alcohol eight hours before they have custody of Madison, or during their time with the child.

The judge also ordered a “full-scale evaluation” of the joint custody arrangement.

Meanwhile, Belafonte is seeking temporary custody of the singer’s youngest two children after the pop star announced plans to head to rehab in the U.K. to seek help for newly-diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


She also confessed to using sex and alcohol to “numb” her pain, but realised she needed help after reaching a “crisis point”.

Belafonte seized on the announcement and headed to court on Friday to argue his case for taking care of their daughter, Madison, six, and 11-year-old Angel, Mel’s girl from her fling with comedian Eddie Murphy.

Updegraff’s declaration was part of the case presented by Belafonte’s lawyer.

The childminder claimed he had been responsible for looking after the two kids while Mel reportedly embarked on booze binges.

According to, Updegraff also accused the pop star of becoming aggressive when she drinks, while also bringing different men home while the children are present.

Belafonte insisted he only wants to take custody of the girls to protect them from any harm, and to allow their mother time to address her issues.

Written by Eugene Nyavor

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