Mel B's Former Nanny Sues Her for Libel, Claims They Carried on a Seven-Year Sexual Relationship

Her former nanny claims they carried on a seven-year sexual relationship.

Daniel Goldblatt Apr, 22, 2017

This story originally appeared on People.

Melanie “Mel B” Brown‘s former nanny claims the Spice Girls star seduced her when she was just 18-years-old and proceeded to carry on a seven-year sexual relationship, this according to a new lawsuit.

Lorraine Gilles is suing Brown for defamation, claiming the singer lied about her in her declaration as part of her efforts to get a permanent restraining order against her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte.

Brown previously claimed in court documents that after Belafonte hired Gilles to be their nanny in 2010, the relationship became sexual and he began “paying her inordinate amounts of money.”

“Over the course of some three years, I recently learned that [Belafonte] paid Lorraine [the nanny] in excess of $300,000 for alleged nanny services,” she claimed.

Then in the spring of 2014, Brown alleged that the nanny and Belafonte announced their pregnancy, and stated that they wanted “all three of us to live together.” Brown said that Belafonte later demanded that the nanny have an abortion, and used Brown’s money to pay for it.

Brown’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.

Gilles believes Brown painted her as “a homewrecker, prostitute, and extortionist” and in her lawsuit, Gilles paints a very different picture of her life with Brown and Belafonte.

According to Gilles, she met Brown and Belafonte in 2009, having just arrived in the United States from Germany. She says Brown “seduced a naive and a curious 18-year-old foreign exchange student … with alcohol, fame, and casual sex.”

Gilles claims she had “consensual group sex” at Brown and Belafonte’s home just days after meeting the couple. She says that over time, she and Brown “developed a friendship and sexual relationship with one another that was separate and apart from Brown’s relationship with her husband.”

According to her lawsuit, Gilles says she eventually accepted Brown’s offer to work for the couple as their nanny. She says her “sexual and employment relationship with Brown continued for approximately seven years.”

Gilles claims “Belafonte was not present during most of the sexual encounters” between herself and Brown and the only times she had sex with Belafonte was when Brown invited him to join. When that happened, Gilles claims, Brown would then “serve as the ‘camera man’ and record the sexual encounter” and/or take part.

Furthermore, Gilles claims she “personally witnessed both Brown and Belafonte bring different women into their home and engage in group sex on multiple occasions” while Gilles watched their children.

As for Brown’s claims that Gilles was pregnant with Belafonte’s baby and subsequently had an abortion, Gilles does confirm she had an abortion, but says the pregnancy was the result of a one-night stand, something she confided to Brown about. Gilles says Brown was nothing but supportive and helped arrange the abortion and care for her afterward.

Gilles is suing for libel, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She is seeking unspecified damages.

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Hey guys, we are backstage at the Essence street style block party and we ran into this beautiful lady. Miss Mel B., how are you? Good lighting, good lighting. No, you are beautiful, though, without the lighting. Oh, thank you. Good makeup, good makeup. Your personal style, we've seen change, we of course met you in the Spice Spice girls. Your style was amazing and loud, and now you're a bit more like reserved a little. Well it depends what day you catch me on. Like today, I've gone a little bit sleek and a little bit kind of formalish, but I still have my crazy moments. There's my leopard print, and my crazy hair. I'm more of the curvier side kind of girl, I like that. You know Nicki Minaj-ey vibe. Yes, because your body is beautiful, you look amazing. so how much does your everyday attitude really influence what you're gonna wear because some people wake tired. Well I usually wake up tired because I have three daughters and I usually go straight to my sport sweats because I'm usually working out. And then after that, if I'm going out to dinner with the hubby or my girlfriends or we're going to watch a movie, it all depends where I'm going, but I like to make an effort. I think it's important to make an effort these days. And then- Apart from when you're going to the airport, i dress like I'm in pajamas, in my sweats. Cuz you do want people to follow you in the airport, of course. Well, no, they do, but I like to be comfortable. If there is a song that would describe your style, what's the name of that song? I don't know. Is there a song called schizophrenic? [LAUGH] There might be. I'm sure there's a song called Schizophrenic. All flip flop all over the place. That one. I am kinda fun and I have so many different personalities just like every woman does, and I like to really elaborate on whatever I'm feeling that day, whether it be loud and colorful or sleek and sophisticated. Are a little bit hoochie mamma. It all depends on what you feel like and that's me. I just go with it. We love Mel B here at essence, so thank you so much for coming back stage. I love you guys. Yes. We'll see you guys later.