Melanie B files paternity action gainst former boyfriend, Eddie Murphy, in hopes that he’ll step up to the plate and take an active role in Angel Iris’s life. In the suit, Brown asks for “reasonable” child support.
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The petition, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, seeks to establish Murphy as the legal father. Brown is also asking for sole custody of the child and “reasonable” child support.
“I am here today for one reason and one reason only; her name is Angel,” Brown said at a press conference. “Angel is my baby and Eddie’s. She will always know that she was planned and wanted by both of us.”
The Spice Girl’s sound bite-friendly attorney, Gloria Allred, said the legal showdown was prompted by Murphy’s “shocking and appalling conduct since he learned Ms. Brown was pregnant.” She issues a four-page statement lambasting Murphy for buying his fiancée “a big diamond ring,” while ignoring Angel.
“When a star such as Murphy turns his back on his own baby, it sends an unacceptable message to other single fathers around the world,” Allred said. “I’m telling you, Mr. Murphy, it’s all over…We’ve seen you in the movies, and now we look forward to seeing you in court.”