Things got a little heated on America’s Got Talent when Mel B threw a glass of water over her fellow judge after he made a crude comment about her wedding night on live TV. Simon Cowell was critiquing escape artist Demian Aditya’s performance during Tuesday’s show when he said, “I kind of think it will be like Mel B’s wedding night. A lot of anticipation, not much promise.”
The Spice Girl alum is currently locked in a bitter divorce with her husband Stephen Belafonte who she’s accused of domestic violence and currently has a temporary restraining order against him. The singer looked shocked and flung the cup of water over the notoriously callous Simon before storming away from the panel, followed by judge Heidi Klum.
Host Tyra Banks tried to make light of the situations by saying “Mel B is out. This is live TV, all. Live TV” and judge Howie Mandel awkwardly added, “Something just went wrong". Mel eventually returned to set but appeared to have ripped her dress during the commotion.
Last month, documents emerged showing Mel B must pay her Stephen Belafonte $40k a month in spousal support, despite her accusations of domestic violence. Judge Lawrence Riff also ordered the former Spice Girl to pay her ex-husband $140,000 in legal fees via a written judgement last Friday.
The judge said the compulsory spousal support payments would only be until an evidentiary hearing in September in which the singer hopes to prove her ex was abusive — claims Stephen categorically denies.
The court documents also show Judge Riff’s scathing assessment of the pair’s financial situation. He said they had lived "beyond their means" and had a "habitual inability" to pay taxes on time. Judge Riff labelled their spending habits, including $20,000 a month on childcare and $4,493 a month on eating out, as not "credible or reasonable," and questioned the wisdom in not getting rid of “one large expense burdening the parties [that] could be reasonably and easily mitigated.”
This post was written by Kate Wagner. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.