Mel Brown is being sued for libel by her former nanny, Lorraine Gilles, according to court documents obtained by ET. In previous court filings, Brown accused Gilles of having an affair with her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte, whom Brown also accused of physical and emotional abuse of their almost 10-year marriage. Brown also claimed that Gilles became pregnant as a result of the affair and Belafonte told Brown that he wanted to have the baby and “all three of us live together”, before finally demanding Gilles to get an abortion. Belafonte has denied allegations of Brown.
In Gilles’ lawsuit filed against the America’s Got Talent judge in Los Angeles on Friday, the former nanny is suing for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress and asking for unspecified damages, ET reports.
“When read in its totality, Brown’s Declaration portrays Gilles as a homewrecker [sic], prostitute and extortionist, maliciously describing Gilles as being impudent, unscrupulous, and exploitative. Moreover, given Brown’s celebrity status, Brown was aware or should have been aware that the Declaration would be publicized and made available to the public at large,” Gilles said in her complaint.
As for Brown’s previous allegations about Gilles and Belafonte’s affair and existence of sex tapes, Gilles claims that her primary sexual relationship was with Brown, not Belafonte, and that he was only involved when asked by the singer, “at which point Brown would often serve as the ‘camera man’ and record the sexual encounter and/or take part in the menage a trois herself.”
Gilles said she is “personally aware of several ‘sex tapes’ recorded by Brown or her husband showing the three individuals having consensual group sex,” According to court papers, Gilles claims she “never had any sexual relations with Belafonte without Brown’s instruction and without Brown’s actual or apparent consent.”
Regarding Gilles’ abortion, the ex-nanny claims it was the result of a one-night stand with a man she met at a bar in West Hollywood, California, last 2014, and not with Belafonte. She said the former Spice Girl was supportive when she confided with her.
“Gilles was very embarrassed and confused on what to do, and did not want this sensitive information to be revealed to anyone. However, feeling confident she can discreetly confide in her best friend and mentor Brown for support, Gilles immediately sought guidance from Brown,” according to the lawsuit.
“Brown assisted Gilles with arranging the appointment, advanced the cash for the procedure, and booked a hotel for Gilles to stay in to recover from the procedure in privacy,” she added in the lawsuit.
Gilles said she was terminated in September 2016 and hasn’t spoken to Brown since her employment ended.
According to ET, a source close to Brown, Belafonte and Gilles disputed the claim that Belafonte got Gilles pregnant.
“It was a very painful time for her,” the source said of Gilles’ abortion. “During this time, Mel took care of Lorraine like a sister, very lovingly.”