DNA confirms Murphy fathered Brown's baby


A DNA test has confirmed actor-comedian Eddie Murphy is the father of the newborn daughter of Spice Girl singer Melanie Brown, People magazine reported Friday, citing Brown's representative.

Brown gave birth to Angel Iris Murphy Brown in April and listed Murphy as the father on the child's birth certificate, but Murphy has never publicly acknowledged paternity.

Earlier this month, media outlets reported that Murphy had taken a DNA test and Brown's representative, Liza Anderson, told People the results, confirming Murphy's paternity, were given to Brown Thursday.

Murphy's spokesman declined comment.

Brown, who dated Murphy last summer, was Scary Spice in the 1990s all-girl British pop group that scored hit songs including "Wannabe." Members of the group have scheduled a news conference for Thursday, sparking speculation that they will reunite for a tour and album.