Eddie-N-A: Murphy Submits to Paternity Test

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Is Eddie Murphy is the dad of former Spice Girl Melanie Brown's baby, Angel Iris Murphy Brown (really, that's her name)?

This paternity question hasn't attracted anywhere near the attention given to Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern (now Dannielynn Birkhead when Larry Birkhead was named the father), the adorable daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith.

But it's still in question... for not much longer. Eddie Murphy, who Brown, 32, has always insisted is her child's father, is due to appear in an L.A. court on Monday to submit to a paternity test.

"Mel knows the baby is Eddie's and can't believe it has got to this point where she has to force him to acknowledge there is a chance he could be the father," a source tells The Sun.

The comedian, who is now with Tracey Edmonds, has so far refused to admit paternity of 2-month-old Angel Iris, born in April.

During an appearance last December on the Dutch talk show RTL Boulevard, Murphy, 46, was asked if he was happy with Mel "since she's pregnant with your child."

"You're being presumptuous because we're not together anymore," Murphy said. "And I don't know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir."

On a similar note, don't believe that Britney Spears and Lynne Spears have buried the hatchet just yet. Much as we are all praying this is the case, we must exercise temperance.

Murphy is reportedly supposed to be in London promoting Shrek The Third with costars Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers, but insiders doubt that he would skip out on the DNA test.

"If he tries to duck out of this test, there will be all hell to pay," says the source.

Melanie Brown (a.k.a. Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice) is also scheduled to attend the hearing.

If Murphy shows up, it will be the first time the former couple has come face to face since the Dreamgirls actor dumped her for Edmonds, a film producer, last year.

The source adds:

"At least this way they will know officially whether Eddie is the daddy or not and move on from there. This is about Angel knowing for sure who her dad is."

Or whether Brown can make serious bank off Murphy, who makes $20 million a picture. Even for films like Norbit. But that's neither here nor there.

All of a sudden, Victoria Beckham looks like one of the more sane Spice Girls. As much as we poke fun at her, there's no doubt those kids are the spawn of David Beckham.

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