MEL B let her dress do the talking at the MTV VMAs on Sunday when she appeared to deliver a bold message to ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.
The Spice Girl is currently embroiled in a bitter and costly legal battle with Stephen and as it threatens to get even dirtier, Mel decided to pack a punch with her dress at the awards.
As she stood defiantly in front of cameras, her dress said: “YOU WILL NEVER OWN ME.”
The back of the dress has an eye design emblazoned across her derriere.
Her bold statement comes as she braces herself for another ugly bout of mud-slinging in the divorce courts, her friends fear that SHE could end up being the biggest loser.
Pals worry that her apparent crusade against estranged husband Stephen could wreck her career and leave her ruined financially.
Mum-of-three Mel — who was once reported to be worth £40million — is currently embroiled in three hugely expensive legal court battles, two with Stephen, 42, and one with their former nanny Lorraine Gilles, 26.
Even a Los Angeles judge this week warned the big-spending former Spice Girl that her legal fees are already in the millions and risk spiralling further out of control.
A pal said: “Mel’s lifestyle has always been pricey, but these legal bills are another level.
“She knows the consequences could be catastrophic if she doesn’t settle, but she’s not used to backing down.
“She is absolutely furious with Stephen and with Lorraine, and is passionately fighting both of them through the courts.
“But she’s playing with fire and seems prepared to put everything on the line to get back at him.”
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