A California judge has ruled that the Spice Girls singer’s estranged husband can apply for step-visitation rights to Angel — the ten-year-old daughter she shares with the Hollywood star, The Sun reports.
Mel, 42, lost the latest round in their court battle when she requested film producer Stephen, also 42, not to add Angel’s name into their divorce proceedings.
Despite Mel B’s lawyer pleading to stop the situation becoming “a media circus for an innocent little girl” the case was rejected.
According to the Daily Mail, the singer’s lawyer Susan Wiesner said: “We have got another parent here, we have got Eddie Murphy. If the court’s going to give him notice of proceedings and embroiling him in litigation, then we are putting his little girl in the middle of this media firestorm.”
Weisner asked for Angel to remain “the last one in this family that can have protection and privacy”.
Belafonte’s lawyer Michael Hanasab counteracted this claiming he “has been the parent that has raised this minor child since an infant” with the judge ruling against Mel’s request.
“Mr Murphy is entitled to be joined as a party as soon as Mr Belafonte seeks any visitation with Angel,” the judge said in handing down his decision.
Murphy, 56, originally denied Angel was his, but DNA tests proved she was.
The matters of spousal support and how their wealth will be divided are just two of the many issues being settled in Mel and her ex’s court case.
Mel claims Stephen was abusive to her on numerous occasions and has got various witnesses — including Stephen’s ex-lover, and his own brother — to support her in this.
Belafonte vehemently denies Mel’s claims of abuse, though neither party can deny the revelations about how they involved dozens of third parties in their sex life.
The American film producer and British singer have one child together, five-year-old Madison, who Belafonte has limited custody to, but he is unable to see Mel’s other children Angel, ten, and Phoenix, 18.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.