Footage has surfaced of a handsy the X Factor UK judge Louis Walsh feeling up and grabbing former Spice Girl, Mel B’s butt in what she called a very “inappropriate” moment on live television, reports The Sun.
Lets be clear in saying that the footage is from 2014, but it was recently circulated and has taken flight on social media. The footage shows Mel with Walsh, and their other co-host Simon Cowell being interviewed on the Xtra Factor show. Walsh’s hand clearly grabs the bottom of Mel’s booty and takes a few squeezes before she abruptly checks him about the blatant sexual harassment.
“HOLD ON A SECOND!,” Mel yelled.
“Why are you grabbing my butt?” He then replied, “I’m looking out for you!” Walsh then broke out into laughter as if it was a joke.
Host Sarah-Jane Crawford exclaims: “Louis! Hands where we can see them please.”
Mel B is visibly annoyed by the sexist antics and continues the rest of the interview sitting away from Walsh.
Back in 2017, Mel threw water in Simon Cowell’s face during a live episode of America’s Got Talent.
An escape artist’s performance had gone sideways, which prompted Cowell to joke, “I kind of imagine this would be a lot like Mel’s wedding night ― a lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.”
Mel, who was going through a rough divorce from Stephen Belafonte and has accused him of domestic violence, was clearly upset by the jab and let Cowell know exactly what she thought of his comment and then walked off.
“This is live TV, y’all,” host Tyra Banks said at the time.
According to HuffPost UK, after the show, Mel said, “I told him he was an arsehole. And he goes ‘Oh, whatever.’”
She added that her reaction of tossing water on him was “done in a jokey way.”
Even though her divorce is now final, Mel took out a restraining order against her estranged ex-husband, Belafonte, claiming that she and her children are in fear for their lives from him.
According to TMZ, she alleged that she had been the victim of several instances of abuse during their marriage. For example, in November 2007, as she was preparing for her Dancing With the Stars finale, Belafonte allegedly put his hands around her neck and slammed her into the hardwood floor as he began choking her. She said that this was part of a pattern and that any time she had success in her life, he would “beat me down to let me know he was in charge.”
Neither Mel B nor Walsh has yet to comment on the implications of this most recent groping incident and Walsh is no longer employed by the show.