Group skinny-dip just one tale from NY’s ‘nastiest’ multimillion-dollar divorce

It was Fourth of July weekend, but the fireworks were going off inside David and Libbie Mugrabi’s $3.75 million home in Water Mill, LI. According to a female houseguest, Libbie barged into a bedroom where the woman was packing up her belongings. “She said, ‘I am Mrs. Mugrabi,’ ” recalled the houseguest. “I said, ‘I … Continue reading “Group skinny-dip just one tale from NY’s ‘nastiest’ multimillion-dollar divorce”

It was Fourth of July weekend, but the fireworks were going off inside David and Libbie Mugrabi’s $3.75 million home in Water Mill, LI.

According to a female houseguest, Libbie barged into a bedroom where the woman was packing up her belongings.

“She said, ‘I am Mrs. Mugrabi,’ ” recalled the houseguest.

“I said, ‘I know you’re Mrs. Mugrabi. I’m not trying to be Mrs. Mugrabi.’ ” Behind Libbie, her nanny stood filming the encounter.

The tension had been brewing since the night before, when Libbie, 39, and her husband, art mogul David, 47 — whose family owns a $5 billion art collection — hosted a dinner party at their 7,000-square-foot home. At the end of the evening, according to the houseguest, six individuals, including David, decided to frolic nude in the outdoor swimming pool while Libbie slept upstairs.

“It was fun. It was nothing sexual. As if we were teenagers,” said the houseguest, an art-world associate of the Mugrabis’.

“The next morning, everyone was hung over. We were saying, ‘Wow, that was crazy last night,” she continued.

“It was fun. It was nothing sexual. As if we were teenagers. The next morning, everyone was hung over. We were saying, ‘Wow, that was crazy last night.’ ”

— Houseguest of the divorcing Mugrabis

The houseguest said Libbie didn’t appear bothered by the skinny-dipping at first, but then suddenly turned on her.

“I honestly think she used me as a tool . . . to get leverage in [her] divorce,” said the houseguest. “She was like, ‘What’s your relationship [with my husband]?’ She was putting words in my mouth, and I was really scared because she started to threaten me with my job and a community of collectors I work with.”

It’s just one more incendiary story in what is now NYC’s nastiest divorce.

So far, Libbie has accused David — her husband of 14 years and father of their two children — of physically assaulting her when he caught her trying to move a $500,000 Keith Haring sculpture out of their home. Meanwhile, to Libbie’s surprise, David had transferred ownership of their $72 million Upper East Side town house into an LLC controlled by his older brother, Alberto.

The Manhattan Supreme Court proceedings, which began in September, have been a circus, with Libbie screaming at one October court date that David was going to kill her. She also lugged in the 25-pound Haring sculpture, which the couple had “wrestled” over, according to a witness who also claimed David repeatedly pushed a door into Libbie.

Shockingly, for a couple said to have spent $3.5 million annually, they had no prenup in place.

Rumors of infidelity have been swirling around both husband and wife, including allegations, reported in the Jewish Voice, of David having a 26-year-old mistress.

“I think it is certainly the nastiest divorce of my group,” said one NYC socialite. “I didn’t know people like us did this.”

“I think it is certainly the nastiest divorce of my group. I didn’t know people like us did this.”

— New York City socialite

The Mugrabis’ marriage wasn’t supposed to end this way.

The two were fixed up after Libbie’s mother, who works as a nurse at SkinTight MedSpa in Manhattan, met David on a flight to Aspen. At the time, Libbie was 21 and in culinary school.

“[Libbie and David] met in Aspen and six months later they got engaged,” said a family friend. The wedding was a 600-person affair at The Pierre hotel, with arat bigwig guests including art gallerist Larry Gagosian.

“In those days, she was the sweetest, so nice,” said the socialite.

But as Libbie — who grew up in Ocean Township, NJ, with her mother, plastic-surgeon father and sister — became more comfortable in the super-moneyed world she married into, insiders say she changed.

“[David’s family] tried to take her in and . . . [make her] forget she had her own family,” said the family friend.

David’s father, Jose, who was born in Israel, made his fortune in the textile business while living in Colombia. When he moved to New York in 1982, he began buying art, amassing the largest Warhol collection in the world. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, Alberto and David.

David, who now buys and sells his family’s artwork, attended Babson College in Boston before heading to Wall Street as a broker. While David is considered the more reserved of the two brothers, all the Mugrabis live well — and large. Alberto’s lavish South of France wedding in September 2016 is rumored to have cost up to $20 million, with guests including the Olsen twins, Owen Wilson and Aby Rosen. Members of the Mugrabi family have reportedly been painted by artists such as Richard Prince, whose work goes for millions.

“They were living the highest life you can imagine,” said the family friend of David and Libbie. “A lot of staff. A lot of nannies, a lot of cleaning people and chefs. Two homes, a lot of drivers and the ­[Mugrabi] family airplane.”

“They were living the highest life you can imagine. A lot of staff. A lot of nannies, a lot of cleaning people and chefs. Two homes, a lot of drivers and the ­[Mugrabi] family airplane.”

— Family friend

When the socialite learned that Libbie had employed a personal secretary, she was flabbergasted.

“What? Little Libbie who doesn’t even know her way around Bergdorf’s? I think [David] created a monster,” she said.

During an Oct. 9 court appearance, ­David’s lawyer claimed that Libbie spent “$6,000 to $7,000 for a personal trainer” during her last vacation.

“Libbie is a big fashionista,” the family friend said. “He didn’t like paying for that.”

According to the family friend, David ran a tight ship when it came to finances — and familial matters.

“He controls everything,” said the family friend, claiming that Libbie’s own mother was instructed to make an appointment to visit the couple and their children, 11 and 9, at the three-bedroom Upper East Side condo they lived in while the townhouse underwent renovations.

“It was David’s rule,” said the family friend. “He set these boundaries.” (David did not return requests for comment. )

Libbie apparently was blindsided when she learned that David had cut her out of the ownership of the townhouse, which they purchased together in 2013 for $15 million — and which they spent a whopping $57 million renovating.

In August, the judge declared that David cannot be blocked from selling the lavish townhouse, or 50 works of art, because they are owned by LLCs.

Libbie retaliated, filing a lawsuit against David, the Mugrabi Family Trust and Alberto earlier this month arguing that her husband surreptitiously gave his brother sole ownership of the townhouse’s LLC as a “fraudulent scheme to deprive her of her marital interest in the home,” according to the lawsuit.

“She had no idea,” said the family friend. “She was fixing the house up for five years, every day, working on that townhouse. It was just a sneaky maneuver. That was her home.”

Libbie’s world as she knew it began to fall apart on July 10.

She was dining at Bilboquet on the Upper East Side with her sister, Mia Rowe, and friend Lauren Amar when she received a call mid-meal from someone at her Hamptons house.

“[Libbie] said, ‘What do you mean everything’s gone?’ and she started to grab her things and she kept saying, ‘I don’t understand, I don’t understand,’ ” Amar testified in court.

“We asked if everything was okay and she said, ‘No,’ and proceeded to say that all of her artwork was gone, and she left,” said Amar.

The previous morning, David had arranged for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art to be removed from their Hamptons house when Libbie was off the premises.

After Libbie fled Bilboquet, Amar and Rowe followed her to her Upper East Side apartment where they found their friend sprawled on a couch in her dressing room, crying.

“This is real; this divorce is clearly happening,” Amar recalled her saying. “I don’t know how I’m going to support myself or pay an attorney. He’s taken everything out of the house.”

According to Amar, Libbie collected valuable items from around the apartment, including a Basquiat plate she and David received as a wedding gift, jewelry and the Keith Haring sculpture, which Rowe advised her to snatch.

“She should take what’s hers,” Rowe said on the stand.

When David returned home, he and Libbie ended up wrestling over the Haring sculpture, Amar testified.

David shouted: “You’re taking my things!” Libbie was pushed to the floor and yelled for Rowe to call 911, according to the testimony.

Amar said David shoved his estranged wife out of the apartment. Once Libbie, Amar and Rowe were in the hallway, David opened the door twice and called the women “lowlifes” and “gold diggers.”

Some sources say Libbie is distraught by the separation. During visiting weekend at her children’s two camps in Maine, she was moaning to her well-heeled friends about the divorce.

“She told anyone who listened about it,” said the socialite.

Despite her heartache, insiders said Libbie has been seen around town with advertising executive and television personality Donny Deutsch.

Libbie denied the relationship is, or was, romantic.

“We’re friends, at best. We’re not even friends,” she told The Post. “I’ve never had an affair on my husband. I don’t believe in adultery. I’m a religious Jew.”

A rep for Deutsch told The Post: “Mr. Deutsch has been friends with Ms. Mugrabi for a long time. They’ve never had any other kind of relationship.”

According to the family friend, “It’s a friendship. [Libbie and Deutsch] never had sex and that is it. And they never had an affair, although David Mugrabi would like to think they did.”

The houseguest, for one, believes the stresses of the divorce are wearing Libbie down. “I think she’s totally f–king crazy at this point,” said the houseguest. “I know the divorce is probably hitting her hard, but the way she’s acting at this point is unbelievable.”

In August, Page Six reported that the judge ordered David to pony up $25,000 a monthin spousal support to Libbie — a downgrade from the $3.5 million-a-year lifestyle she claimed to be accustomed to in court papers.

Friends of the couple just want to see the duo hash things out, quickly and quietly. “I’d tell both of them to get this thing over with as soon as possible,” said attorney Perry Weitz, a friend of the estranged couple.

“David is sick about it also. He’s absolutely sick about it. He’s sick about everything about it. What it’s doing to the kids, what it’s doing to them. He’s going to see her the rest of his life, he wants to have a nice relationship with her.”

Additional reporting by Julia Marsh

Jennifer Aniston says she doesn’t need marriage and kids to be happy

Jennifer Aniston is over the obsession with marriage and procreation, especially when it comes to the media and the public's speculation on her love life.

"Maybe it has everything to do with what they're lacking in their own life," the "Dumplin'" star told Elle in its January 2019 issue.

"Why do we want a happy ending? How about just a happy existence? A happy process? We're all in process constantly," she said. "What quantifies happiness in someone's life isn't the ideal that was created in the '50s. It's not like you hear that narrative about any men. That's part of sexism — it’s always the woman who’s scorned and heartbroken and a spinster. It's never the opposite. The unfortunate thing is, a lot of it comes from women. Maybe those are women who haven't figured out that they have the power, that they have the ability to achieve a sense of inner happiness."


Aniston, 49, admitted that because of her parents' divorce when she was a kid, marriage was never a driving force for her at all.

"When I was first popped the question, it was so foreign to me," she said. "My priorities weren’t about finding partnership and who am I gonna marry and what am I gonna wear on my wedding day … And I'm sure, because I was from a divorced-parent home, that was another reason I wasn't like, 'Well, that looks like a great institution.' "

The actress split from second husband Justin Theroux in February after less than three years of marriage, but nearly seven years as a couple.

She infamously divorced Brad Pitt in 2005 after he hooked up with "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-star Angelina Jolie.


Still, Aniston regards her marriages as successful.

"I don't feel a void. I really don't," she insisted. "My marriages, they've been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn't exist within that arrangement anymore. Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear. Fear of being alone. Fear of not being able to survive."


She continued, "To stay in a marriage based on fear feels like you're doing your one life a disservice. When the work has been put in and it doesn't seem that there's an option of it working, that’s okay. That's not a failure. We have these clichés around all of this that need to be reworked and retooled, you know? Because it's very narrow-minded thinking."

Aniston, who's previously lashed out at the media for speculating about the contents of her uterus, admitted that the idea of having kids is "kind of frightening."

"Some people are just built to be wives and have babies. I don't know how naturally that comes to me," she said. "Who knows what the future holds in terms of a child and a partnership — how that child comes in … or doesn't? And now with science and miracles, we can do things at different times than we used to be able to."

Part of that may well stem from Aniston's difficult relationship with her late mother, Nancy Dow, from whom she was estranged for years.


"She was from this world of, 'Honey, take better care of yourself,' or 'Honey, put your face on,' or all of those odd sound bites that I can remember from my childhood," Aniston reflected of Dow. Though she previously explained that Dow, a model, made her feel insecure for not being as beautiful as she thought her mother wished she was, she's come to understand that Dow was simply doing the best that she could.


"My mom said those things because she really loved me. It wasn't her trying to be a b—h or knowing she would be making some deep wounds that I would then spend a lot of money to undo," she said. "She did it because that was what she grew up with. 'You want to be happy. It's hard for big girls.' She was missing what was [actually] important. I think she was just holding on and doing the best she could, struggling financially and dealing with a husband who was no longer there. Being a single mom in the '80s I'm sure was pretty crappy."

In any event, Aniston is, at least for now, more comfortable starring as a pageant mom in "Dumplin'" and hosting her friends' kids for "Sunday Funday" in her pool than she is with potentially becoming a parent herself someday, and that should be fine with the rest of the world, because that's fine with her.


"You're diminishing everything I have succeeded at, and that I have built and created. It's such a shallow lens that people look through," she said. It's the only place to point a finger at me as though it's my damage — like it's some sort of a scarlet letter on me that I haven't yet procreated, or maybe won't ever procreate."

"It's a very storybook idea," Aniston concluded of the traditional "happily ever after" fantasy of marriage and kids. "I understand it, and I think for some people it does work. And it's powerful and it's incredible and it's admirable. Even enviable. But everybody's path is different."

Robert Blake splits from wife Pamela Hudak after a year of marriage: report

Robert Blake has reportedly called it quits on his third marriage.

According to TMZ, citing court documents, the former "Baretta" star, 85, filed for divorce from wife, Pamela Hudak, in Los Angeles on Friday.

A rep for Blake did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

Per the celebrity gossip site, Blake and Hudak tied the knot in 2017 after years of having known and dated each other.

Blake was accused of murdering his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakely, who was found shot to death in the actor's car in 2001. He was acquitted in 2005, but a civil jury found him liable in a wrongful death suit later that year.

Blake was previously married to actress Sondra Kerr for 22 years before splitting in 1983.

Avenatti to lose cash, artwork, Ferrari in divorce settlement with wife: report

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels and an anti-Trump activist, has been having a bad month.

On Wednesday, the 47-year-old lawyer reached a divorce settlement with his estranged wife that will require him to hand over thousands of dollars and other assets for liquidation, according to court filings.

The court filings in Orange County, Calif., as reported by TMZ, indicate a judge has ordered Avenatti to pay his wife Lisa Storie-Avenatti $162,295 per month in child and spousal support retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. The combined total amounts to more than $1.9 million upfront.

In addition, the judge ordered Avenatti to fork over his assets for liquidation including five luxury wristwatches – some worth $50,000 – a Frank Gehry sculpture, several pricey works of art, and a 2017 Ferrari 488 GT Spider worth about $300,000, according to the report. The judge also mandated that Avenatti’s law firm, Avenatti & Associates, transfer its interest in a 2016 Honda private jet.

The couple married in May 2011 and separated last December, the New York Daily News reported.


Avenatti had been laying the groundwork for a possible 2020 presidential run, having visited early voting states. But after a spate of setbacks, including his recent arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence, Avenatti canned those ambitions.

"After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020," Avenatti said in a statement released on Tuesday. "I do not make this decision lightly – I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run."

In November, Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence after an alleged altercation with a 24-year-old actress in Los Angeles.

Avenatti denied the accusations against him and wrote on Twitter that he was looking forward "to a full clearing of my name."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

Jon Gosselin gets temporary sole custody of son Collin after Kate Gosselin misses court

Jon Gosselin has been granted temporary sole custody of his 14-year-old son, Collin, a source tells ET.

A Pennsylvania judge made this decision without a hearing, the source says, adding that the reality star's ex-wife, Kate Gosselin, did not show up in court on Tuesday. According to the source, Kate can’t appeal temporary full custody, and no other issues were addressed today.


The source says that all Jon cares about right now is Collin and enjoying the holiday with his family

A Pennsylvania judge made the decision on Tuesday after the reality star's ex-wife, Kate Gosselin, and her lawyer did not show up for the scheduled court appearance.


Earlier this week, Kate had asked for the hearing to be postponed, but her request was denied, according to UsWeekly, who was first to report the news. ET has reached out to Jon and his lawyer for comment.

Jon saw Collin for the first time in three years last month when the teen, who has reportedly been enrolled in a schooling program for children with special needs, paid a visit home.

A source close to Jon told ET at the time that Collin was "doing great."


"It took a while to get here, but things are all coming together," the source added. "Jon just wants to have his family back, and live his life."

In addition to Collin, Jon and Kate also share 14-year-old sextuplets Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel and Aaden, and 18-year-old twins Cara and Mady.

Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Creed II’ reunion was ‘incredibly emotional’

Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife, Brigitte Nielsen, was overcome with emotion when she reunited with the blockbuster star for "Creed II."

"My heart was beating very fast," Nielsen, 55, told People. "In 1985 I was married to Sylvester and this time I am the ex-wife. But it was wonderful to have half of the cast there 32 years later. Who could have ever dreamed that you pick up the same roles many years after?"

Nielsen reprised her role as Ludmilla Drago in "Creed II," mother of Adonis Johnson's rival Viktor Drago (and wife of Rocky Balboa's onscreen nemesis, Ivan Drago).

The 6'1" stunner said working with Stallone, 72, was "amazing" despite their dramatic divorce in 1987.


"We are two professionals and we kept it that way. He stayed in the American corner and I stayed in the Russian corner," she said. "We were on opposite sides but it was pleasant."

Despite their past, Nielsen actually came to the "Expendables" star's defense in November 2017 when a woman accused Stallone of sexually assaulting her in 1986 while he filmed "Over the Top."

"During the summer of 1986 we were newlyweds," Nielsen said in a statement at the time. "I was inseparable with Sylvester when 'Over the Top' was being shot in Las Vegas. The story claims that at approximately 8:30 in the evening during the shoot of the movie the person claims she was in our suite at the Hilton Hotel."

Stallone also vehemently denied the allegation.

Part of why Nielsen was so emotional on set is because she was seven months pregnant, which she attempted to keep secret from the cast and crew of the boxing blockbuster.

"I was so nervous and I was trying to hide it in my ivory suit, which we did," she confessed. "It was a very first big day."

Nielsen says she wasn't able to hide her baby bump for too long, at which point director Steven Caple Jr. used "movie magic" to hide the bun in her oven.

The Danish actress and her fifth husband Mattia Dessi welcomed their daughter, Frieda, in June.

"We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives," the couple said in a statement at the time. "It's been a long road, and so worth it. We've never been more in love."

Sarah Ferguson says Prince Andrew divorce ‘was rock bottom’: I ‘utterly destroyed myself’

Sarah Ferguson admitted that divorcing Prince Andrew in 1996 was brutal, but that it ultimately led each of them to their best lives today.

"It was rock bottom," Ferguson, 59, told Modern Hero in her first stateside interview in seven years. "I had completely and utterly destroyed myself. I murdered myself. I must have brought that on for myself, mustn't I? That's how I felt about myself, self-hatred at its height … I think that I lived in my ego for a very long time. So sad."

She doesn't regret the marriage, which gave her daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, despite its failing.


"He was a total gentleman. He's one of the kindest people ever," Ferguson said of the prince. "Certainly, the best thing I've ever done was marry him in 1986. My love for Andrew conquered everything."

The Duchess of York explained that Prince Andrew's Navy schedule ultimately led to their split: He was almost always away, and she suffered from abandonment issues from her mother leaving her family when Ferguson was just 12 years old.

"It was seven years, 40 days a year, I saw him," she said. "It was really, really difficult. I think it played into my abandonment. We both agreed we didn't fight hard enough to keep it together."


Now, 20 years after divorcing, Ferguson and Prince Andrew still live together in their own version of happily ever after.

"Now our life together is the greatest ever," she said. "It's so hard to comprehend because we're not normal. This is our fairy tale, and we're telling it our way."

Princess Tessy of Luxembourg says she broke a UN peacekeeper’s nose after he tried to sexually assault her

Princess Tessy of Luxembourg said she once broke a U.N. peacekeeper’s nose after he allegedly tried to sexually assault her.

The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported Friday the now 33-year-old was working with the peacekeeping force in Kosovo in the early 2000's when a colleague entered her room and pushed her onto the bed.

“It was one evening and I went into my room and someone knocked very obnoxiously on my door,” she told the site. “I kept the door shut and shouted, ‘What is going on?’ Finally, I opened the door, because I knew the person, and he pushed me in on the bed. I pushed him out straight back. I broke his nose. I didn’t tell anyone about it, for me it was done and dusted. But the day afterward everybody knew about it. As I went for breakfast everyone stood up and clapped.”

“I didn’t understand why at first but then my supervisor came to me and said, ‘I knew I would have no problems with you. I knew you would be fine.’ And that was fantastic. Just to know I could defend myself in such terrible situations. Nothing happened because I could defend myself, but millions of other women are taken advantage of from time to time.”

According to the royal, this wouldn’t be the last time she would hear about the man she chose not to publicly name.

“A couple of days afterward he got sent home for having sex with a local woman,” she claimed. “Obviously he had issues controlling himself.”

The mother of two, who is now in the process of divorcing Prince Louis of Luxembourg, admitted she isn’t sure how she managed to think quickly during the horrifying incident.

“I still don’t know how I had the strength,” she admitted. “It literally was a reflex.”

Late last year, Tessy had to fight off accusations in her native Luxembourg of being a gold digger.

The Telegraph reported local gossip magazine Privat accused the royal of having only married into the Luxembourg royal family for her own financial benefit. Her legal team described the article as a “disgusting character assassination.”

Tessy Anthony and husband Louis of Luxembourg getting out of the church in Luxembourg on September 29, 2006. — Getty

The U.K.-based publication noted Tessy, born a commoner, joined her country’s armed forces at age 18. She raised to the rank of Corporal and in 2004 served in NATO’s peacekeeping force in Kosovo, where she met Prince Louis, who was also serving in the army.

The couple was married from 2006, six months after the birth of their son Gabriel. Their second son Noah arrived within a year. The couple called it quits in 2017.

The Daily Mail added Tessy has been forced to battle for a financial settlement for herself and her two sons.

Tessy told The Daily Mail she’s still emotional over the breakup.

“It is a very, very, very, very, very sad reality for me, obviously,” she explained. “No one wants to get divorced. You don’t get married to get divorced. It’s a difficult time for both of us equally. There’s not me or not him who suffers more. But we try to make the best out of it. We have lunches together and dinners. We hang out and call each other every day. The kids call me every day, so I brief him on that.

“Divorce nowadays what does that mean to me? It means to me you should always follow your heart and if it doesn’t work anymore you need to accept the reality and do what is necessary to find your own happiness.”

Tessy shared that she and Louis, 32, are determined to be doting parents to their children, despite the relationship coming to an end.

“Having young children, it’s not OK to lie to them,” she explained. “What role model would we be if we pretend? Every parent has a duty to raise our children with integrity and love and truth because that sets out how they will be when they are older. What we wanted them to understand from our situation is that first of all it was not their fault. We made sure they understood that because children often think it’s their fault.

“Secondly, we made clear that they understand that love changes. Just because you get divorced, it doesn’t mean you don’t love each other anymore. It’s just different and that’s OK.”

As for her legal case, Tessy said she studied law for two years in order to become a litigant in person.

“I know my case better than anyone else,” she said. “And I guess, as a woman, I felt quite empowered to do so. It’s very complex. I felt very empowered. It learned a lot about law. I studied law for the last two years and I loved it. Obviously for sad reasons I needed to do that, but I always try to look at every situation in a positive way, a constructive way, and as such, I have learned so much.”

The Telegraph shared district judge Richard Robinson granted a decree nisi at a family court in London in February of last year after Tessy had complained of Louis’ “unreasonable behavior.”

Mel B’s ex slams abuse claims, says she’s a ‘fake victim’

Mel B's ex-husband Stephen Belafonte has slammed the Spice Girl as a "fake victim" as he posted a picture of their daughter.

The 43-year-old shared a snap of Madison hugging a picture of his face after she alleged he may "harm her."

Breaking his silence for the first time since Mel, 43, released her tell-all memoir "Brutally Honest," Belafonte ranted on Instagram.

He raged: "After my wife's allegations over a year and a half ago that I may harm our beautiful daughter, I went from seeing my daughter two times a week in a room with a person to make sure I did not harm her to having about 85 percent custody right now!!!!

"If I really am this horrible abusive man why would Melanie not be fighting with everything she has left in her body for me to not be the primary parent in our seven-year-old life??

"It’s because after Melanie put these allegations out she came to me with her lawyers and asked that I relinquished all parental rights and relinquished all rights to any money and then I realized what she had done her dirty tactics and then she had to keep pretending that it was true and be the fake victim that she is!!

"With no proof only the allegations and her celebrity my world was turned upside down but in a strange way I feel like I'm the luckiest man in the world because I have all this time with my daughter!!!


"I have over 1000 direct messages from men and women that are going through this ugly thing called divorce! all of you hold your head up don't crumble, stay focused it will take a long time but you can get a positive result!!!! #liarssuck #saynotodrugs."

Last year Mel asked the film producer for a divorce after ten years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences."

The couple's marriage was plagued by rumors of abuse, controlling behavior and infidelity.

She lifted the lid on his alleged "abusive" behavior on "Loose Women" earlier this week, telling viewers her late dad took his last breath after she told him she would "go and divorce the monster."

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

Joely Fisher says dad Eddie Fisher wrote apology letter for exposing her to drug abuse: ‘He wanted to be loved’

To the world, Eddie Fisher was the matinee idol with smooth-as-silk vocals who captivated screen sirens. But to Joely Fisher, he was just dad.

The actress who was born into one of Hollywood’s most famous families recently chronicled her life story in a memoir titled “Growing Up Fisher." The book is currently available in paperback.

The 51-year-old is the daughter of Fisher and actress Connie Stevens. Her half-sister is late “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher, whose mother was America’s sweetheart Debbie Reynolds. Fisher married Stevens in 1967, a few years after he and Elizabeth Taylor called it quits in 1964. The union ended in 1969.

Joely told Fox News she truly got to know the man, not the crooner, in her teenage years.

Eddie Fisher in 1953. (Getty)

“I got to know an Eddie that was charming, charismatic and really wanted love like the rest of us,” said Joely. “He was enamored with his grandchildren by the time he got to meet all of our children. I sort of say I got the best of him. Maybe each of us would say the same thing about our dad, but I really feel like Joely had the best relationship with Eddie.”

Life with the singer wasn’t always so blissful. In her book, Joely chronicled how she witnessed her father’s addictions as a toddler.

“I had a baby’s-eye view of my own father tying off, prepping a needle and injecting drugs into his veins,” she wrote, as reported by People magazine late last year. “I was propped up in an inappropriate proximity to my papa.”

Joely admitted that as a child, she didn’t realize what she was witnessing and Fisher didn’t purposely expose his personal struggles in front of his daughter. However, Fisher himself would express regret for what Joely saw growing up.

Joely Fisher with her father.  (Courtesy of Joely Fisher)

People magazine noted Fisher struggled with drug addiction for almost four decades before finally getting clean with the support of his fifth wife Betty Lin. He passed away in 2010 at age 82.

“I think it’s wrong on so many levels to be exposed to all of that as a child,” said Joely. “But everybody has their flaws and I think that his were just giant ones… I found this letter where he was asking in a fatherly way as much as he could for my forgiveness for what I was witnessing, so I know that I did see it.”

Joely said she wanted Fisher to be remembered for more than the public scandals and high-profile romances.

“He was bleak, he was charming and had to have been all of those things or he wouldn’t have gotten the most gorgeous creatures to marry him on this planet,” she explained. “He grew up singing for his supper, quite literally. He started singing on the radio at 12, 13 years old. Supported his family and realized when he opened his mouth to sing, people loved him… Maybe he needed love, and he got it from being a performer and people adored him.

Joely Fisher with her parents at Emerson College.  (Courtesy of Joely Fisher)

“I think there’s a little something that’s dangerous in that. And then you don’t think that anything else that you have to give is enough… He was like anybody else. He wanted to be loved, and I think that there was something vulnerable about that, that I got to know. Maybe that’s what people thought, that he was a womanizer and a gambler and all those things. Maybe he very well was all those things. But he was also just a man.”

Joely revealed that her parents’ marriage was tumultuous. In her book, she wrote, “Connie came home one day and found Eddie in bed with two Swedish girls. As she tells it, she left — in her sequined gown — with a baby on each hip and a diaper bag slung over her shoulder. She left Eddie Fisher behind and started to create what would be our own family.”

Joely went on to have an unconventional upbringing with the blonde bombshell who originally captivated Elvis Presley. She recounted rolling joints for her mother when she was growing up.

“I think I made a joke, ‘Who didn’t roll joints with their mom?’ Obviously many, many people,” chuckled Joely. “… People in the entertainment industry were recreationally using marijuana. So it wasn’t like, ‘Here kids, come in here and let me teach you how to roll a joint.’ … It was out in the open. It wasn’t looked as taboo… She would be doing her thing and the curiosity is what brought me in. I was like, ‘Let me watch what she’s doing.’ And she was like, ‘Do you want to try it?’ … But by the way, I didn’t smoke it, I just put it in the paper and rolled it up.”

Connie Stevens in 1967.  (Getty)

The family’s next-door neighbors turned out to be Reynolds and her two children, Carrie and Todd. Joely insisted her father’s two ex-wives got along just fine.

“I think they just bonded over overcoming their experiences, and being great broads, and being tremendous mothers,” she explained. “They loved the idea that we children had found a relationship that transcended any kind of s— that you hear about in the tabloids… We walked out onto the deck in Malibu and my mom says, ‘Where’s the a—— who has the swimming pool on the beach?’ And the real estate lady laughs and said, ‘Debbie Reynolds.’ And then we bought the house… [These women] came from nothing and built great families, great careers and great friendships. I don’t think they ever sat down and had a gabfest about Eddie… They didn’t need to.”

Joely added Stevens, now 80, has never said a negative word about her father.

“She actually described him as ‘delicious,’” said Joely.

(Courtesy of Joely Fisher)

Joely said she quickly bonded with Carrie, whom she still misses “desperately.” The fellow actress passed away in 2016 at age 60. According to People Magazine, the star, who candidly discussed her own struggles with drug abuse and mental illness over the years, had cocaine and heroin in her system when she died. Reynolds passed away a day later at age 84 from a stroke.

“I still mourn,” admitted Joely. “Like almost every day. I loved that Carrie thought that I was smart. And she thought that I was talented and that I got the good stuff from the Fisher DNA. I miss that. I miss being included in that. I miss parties at her house, where we would all hold court, lay on the bed and super, duper famous friends would come in and out. But really, what I loved was that we had this amazing, complex, sweet relationship.

“We all miss her… She’s missing on the planet and I think that’s a difficult thing to grieve when the whole world is grieving as well. It’s been almost two years and not a day goes by that I don’t want to pick up the phone or text her… It’s really, really tough. It’s really a hard pill to swallow.”

These days, Joely is focusing on the future. She’s been married to cinematographer Christopher Duddy since 1996 and is also hands-on mom to three daughters.

Carrie Fisher prepping her daughter Billie for Joely Fisher’s wedding. (Courtesy of Joely Fisher)

But looking back, Joely said she couldn’t imagine a life without her celebrity parents.

“I did feel like we were in a fishbowl,” she said. “I did feel like we were constantly under scrutiny. I did feel the loss of my father, part of my childhood. I did reconcile that. I did know this famous guy, for being so talented, and for his infamy. For his scandals. And Connie, she was radiant and incandescent. She would light up a room… But I also saw she was a single mom. And she had a tumultuous marriage that didn’t work out but produced two children and that was her focus.

“Now that doesn’t mean she didn’t go on the road, work her ass off and had her own love affairs. She really included us in possibly too much for some people’s pace. Maybe it was a little too much, but we were really like a trio… We were allowed to express ourselves and she encouraged creativity. She also loved us so much…. I was an observer. But a keen observer.”