Eddie Murphy is dragged into Mel B's messy divorce

Eddie Murphy, 54, is becoming embroiled in ex Mel B's bitter divorce battle if Stephen Belafonte seeks visitation of the actor's daughter Angel.

On Thursday, a Los Angeles judge ruled Stephen could apply for access to Mel, 42, and Eddie's 10-year-old daughter Angel as a stepparent, in a move that would permit the Shrek actor to join the legal battle.

Mel filed for divorce from Stephen after 10 years of marriage in March and the messy and shocking split has been playing out in public ever since.

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Uh oh: Eddie Murphy, 54, is becoming embroiled in ex Mel B's bitter divorce battle if Stephen Belafonte seeks visitation of the actor's daughter Angel

Uh oh: Eddie Murphy, 54, is becoming embroiled in ex Mel B's bitter divorce battle if Stephen Belafonte seeks visitation of the actor's daughter Angel

With the latest twist, Mel's lawyer Susan Wiesner pleaded for Angel's involvement to be kept private to prevent the case further descending into a media "circus".

Speaking on Thursday, she 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.'

She asked for Angel, who the couple had during their brief relationship, to remain "the last one in this family that can have protection and privacy".

Stephen's lawyer Michael Hanasa argued his client has raised the girl from a young age and said she already lacks privacy because she is "paraded around" on TMZ.

Troubles ahead: On Thursday, a Los Angeles judge ruled Stephen could apply for access to Mel, 42, and Eddie's 10-year-old daughter Angel as a stepparent, in a move that would permit the Shrek actor to join the legal battle

Troubles ahead: On Thursday, a Los Angeles judge ruled Stephen could apply for access to Mel, 42, and Eddie's 10-year-old daughter Angel as a stepparent, in a move that would permit the Shrek actor to join the legal battle

Happier times: Mel is pictured in 2008 with baby Angel at Heathrow Airport 

Happier times: Mel is pictured in 2008 with

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