Murphy fathered Spice Girl's baby, lawyer says


Former Spice girl Melanie Brown filed a Superior Court petition Wednesday that seeks to legally establish Eddie Murphy as the father of her 4-month-old baby.

Brown will also seek sole custody of the baby, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, and reasonable child support, attorney Gloria Allred said at a news conference.

"I am here today for one reason and one reason only, her name is Angel," Brown said of her daughter, who she added looks like both of her parents.

"Angel is my baby and Eddie's. She will always know that she was planned and wanted by both of us," Brown said.

Arnold Robinson, a spokesman for Murphy, declined comment.

"We just don't comment on Eddie Murphy's personal life," he said.

Allred said in a prepared statement that a DNA test has shown that Murphy is the father.

The statement said the test "established paternity but paternity has not been legally acknowledged."

Murphy has shown "shocking and appalling" conduct since the test, the statement said.

Brown, who was known as "Scary Spice" when she performed with the '90s pop group, dated Murphy last year .

The 32-year-old singer gave birth to Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3. She listed Murphy as the father on the birth certificate.

Murphy took the DNA test in June, Allred said.

Murphy, 46, has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. Brown also has an 8-year-old daughter.