Mel B former UK spice girl pulls out of Judging X Factor because of Dispute with Eddie Murphy
A custody dispute between former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown and actor Eddie Murphy was behind her decision to pull-out of the top rating Channel Seven television show, The X-Factor, a court has heard.
And Ms Brown’s current husband, Hollywood producer Stephen Belafonte, allegedly suggested that Seven could pay the legal costs of taking Murphy to court to secure custody so she and her children could return to Australia.
The revelations came during the ongoing court battle between television rivals Seven and Nine over the latter’s poaching of Ms Brown as a judge for the re-launch of Australia’s Got Talent.
Seven was furious at the move, declaring that Ms Brown had breached her contract with them to be a judge on its own flagship talent show X-Factor and immediately seeking an injunction in the NSW Supreme Court to prevent the singer from working for Nine or promoting any of its programs.
On Wednesday, the court heard that ‘Mel B’ had decided to pull out of The X-Factor because Eddie Murphy – with whom she has one child – refused to sign a consent form which would have allowed the child to get an Australian visa.
Late in the hearing a lawyer from Seven’s production department, Jane Oswald, said that Mr Belafonte had told her he ‘‘wasn’t interested’’ in paying the costs of taking Mr Murphy to court.