Melanie “Mel B” Brown's estranged husband Stephen Belafonte took to Instagram early Friday with barbed comments that seem to address abuse allegations

By Katherine Richter
May 26, 2017 02:55 PM
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Melanie “Mel B” Brown‘s estranged husband Stephen Belafonte took to Instagram early Friday, appearing to respond to bombshell allegations his ex has raised following their divorce in March after nearly 10 years of marriage.

Belafonte reposted text that said, “I’d rather be an honest assh—, Than a well liked LIAR,” to which he captioned, “#facts💯💯 #thequietbeforethestorm #truth #wow #mustbetwotruths.”

His other post declared, “The most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth,” to which he captioned, “#facts💯💯 #thequietbeforethestorm.”

Belafonte, 41, recently filed additional documents obtained by PEOPLE, claiming that he is currently broke and couch surfing after being kicked out of the home he shared with his wife and daughters.

Earlier this month, a Los Angeles judge ruled that Brown’s restraining order against the nanny she previously claimed had an affair with her estranged husband — who she secretly married in June 2007 in Las Vegas after five months of dating — would remain in place, court documents obtained by PEOPLE confirmed.

Brown, 41, initially requested the temporary restraining order against Lorraine Gilles on April 11. The order will reportedly remain in effect for five years.

A Los Angeles judge had ruled late last month that the America’s Got Talent judge’s restraining order against Belafonte — who appeared in court for the ruling — would also remain in place until the end of their divorce hearing, following Brown’s allegations that he beat, threatened and exploited her during their marriage. Belafonte was granted supervised visitation with the couple’s only biological daughter, Madison.

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Belafonte’s lawyer has yet to respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.