Mel B's Ex Downed By Feds Because His Brother Bragged About Guns!

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Now we're starting to learn more about Stephen Belafonte's little run-in with the feds over the possibility of illegal firearms…

As you'll remember from yesterday, we reported on Mel B's ex dealing with a scary ATF shakedown after he was allegedly in possession of illegal firearms — and apparently, the ATF wasn't able to find anything.

Related: Mel Makes A Public Appearance Without Her Wedding Ring!

Apparently now, it has been revealed that Belafonte was in the crosshairs in the first place because his own brother was bragging about Belafonte owning a gun he wasn't allowed to own!

It all started with the ATF going to a judge last week and asking for a warrant based on the brother's comments, and the fact that Stephen was apparently convicted of domestic violence in 2003. (He allegedly got into a drunken fight with the mother of his child, according to TMZ.)

As part of the deal in his conviction, Belafonte is no longer allowed to own firearms — which would make his brother's bragging a big deal as far as the ATF is concerned.

And yet, as we reported, nothing was apparently found in the search of Belafonte's home.

Related: Mel B Makes First Public Appearance Since Divorce Announcement

Hmm.

Regardless, Mel B is long gone from this relationship… and it sounds like it's not a moment too soon.

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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