Eddie Murphy is reportedly ‘not interested’ in getting to know his ten-year-old daughter Angel.
Eddie and Mel B welcomed Angel together although her birth was surrounded by controversy as Eddie demanded a paternity test.
Now it has been claimed in court that Mr Murphy’s lawyer have admitted he is simply ‘not interested’ in Angel, as Mel’s ex Stephen Belafonte attempts to be granted step-parent visitation with the child.
Belafonte’s lawyer Grace Jamra has told the courts that she has been trying to reach Murphy to discuss Belafonte’s step parent request but has had no direct response; Belafonte has claimed that Angel has ‘called me dad since she started to talk’.
‘Mr Murphy has had no contact with the child,’ Jamra told the court, adding that she had tried to serve Murphy with legal papers but ‘Mr. Murphy is avoiding service’. Mel and Belafonte were in court on Wednesday as they battled it out over visitation rights – Mel does not want to give Belafonte any access to his step-children, Phoenix and Angel. Mel and Belafonte have one child together, six-year-old Madison, and he was previously granted joint custody.
He is now back in court to attempt to win step-parent rights to visit Angel yet Mel has fought him on it, claiming most recently that he made her daughter watch videos of ISIS beheadings.
In the filing Mel, 42, stated: ‘When I was not present, Stephen thought it was funny or educational (I still do not know) to play videos of ISIS beheading individuals. ‘This was entirely inappropriate for such young girls, who do not understand what is happening in the videos.
Angel has repeatedly told me about these videos and that she was scared and frightened that Stephen would expose her to such gruesome images.’ Spice Girl Mel filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years back in March, alleging that he had been physically and emotionally abusive throughout their marriage.
The exes were locked in a nasty legal battle for most of the year, but on 15 November, Judge Juhas of the Los Angeles Superior Court dissolved the marriage.
Mel got married to Stephen in Las Vegas in June 2007 after just four months of dating. Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Eddie for comment.