7 Forgotten Celebrity Paternity Scandals
Paternity suits are never easy – especially for celebrities. These types of situations fuel media attention and the focus is generally quite negative. While some of the celebrities in our list below took DNA tests to prove they were in fact the parents of these children, others took tests to prove they weren’t. It shouldn’t be too surprising that some people are after fame and fortune and figure that a paternity suit against a wealthy celebrity will bring them one, the other or both. Fortunately for some stars, they weather these storms so well that most of us forgot they ever happened. Here is our list of 7 forgotten celebrity paternity scandals! Check it out:
7. Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy was pretty hesitant to legally acknowledge that Melanie B’s daughter Angel was his. When the former Spice Girl was pregnant, the “Shrek” star was skeptical that the child was his and, even after taking a DNA test that proved that he was the father, he still didn’t legally assume responsibility. It took Scary Spice filing a paternity suit against Murphy for him to publicly acknowledge that Angel was his and start paying child support. It reportedly took the actor a few more years to start attempting to build a relationship with his daughter.
6. Larry Birkhead
Larry Birkhead was involved in a pretty dramatic paternity suit over Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Danielynn. He firmly believed that he was the child’s father; however, Smith’s former lawyer Howard K. Stern had been listed as the father on the child’s birth certificate. Following a DNA test, it was proved that Birkhead was Danielynn’s father. When he exited the court that day, he told the crowd, “I hate to be the one that told you this, but, I told you so!” Birkhead and Stern weren’t the only men to claim paternity. Mark Hatten, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt and Smith’s former bodyguard Alexander Denk also maintained that they were Danielynn’s father.