LOS ANGELES - Scary Spice went to court Wednesday to try to scare up some child support from Eddie Murphy. The 32-year-old singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, filed a petition in Superior Court that seeks to legally establish Murphy as the father of her 4-month-old daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown.
Brown will also seek sole custody and reasonable child support, attorney Gloria Allred said at a press conference.
"I am here today for one reason and one reason only; her name is Angel," Brown said. "Angel is my baby and Eddie's. She will always know that she was planned and wanted by both of us."
Arnold Robinson, a spokesman for the 46-year-old actor, declined to comment.
Brown said she and Murphy dated for four months in 2006 before mutually deciding to conceive a child.
"The relationship was in full swing right at the beginning of my pregnancy," Brown said, adding that she was shocked when Murphy later said he was not sure he was the baby's father.
Allred said Murphy took a DNA test in June.
The test "established paternity but paternity has not been legally acknowledged," she said in a statement.
Brown, who dated Murphy last year, gave birth to her daughter April 3. She listed Murphy as the father on the birth certificate.
Murphy has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005.
He got engaged last week to film producer Tracey Edmonds, according to Adris Debarge, Edmonds' executive assistant.
Brown also has an 8-year-old daughter.
The Spice Girls recently reunited for a tour that is scheduled to begin later this year.