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Friday, 20 October, 2000, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Mel B settles access case
Mel B
Mel B is expected to retain custody of her daughter
Spice Girl Mel B and estranged husband Jimmy Gulzar have "settled their differences" after a High Court hearing over the custody of their child.

Both left the court in London on Friday without discussing the case, which lasted two and a half days.

Brown and Gulzar, who are set to complete their divorce in November, were deciding terms of access to their 20-month-old daughter, Phoenix Chi.

Custody is not in dispute and Phoenix is expected to stay with her mother.

A statement issued on their behalf said: "The differences between the parties concerning the welfare and upbringing of their daughter have been settled to their mutual satisfaction and for her benefit.

Jimmy Gulzar
Gulzar: Charged with assault
"The judge directed that no further statement be made by either party or on their behalf concerning these proceedings."

The hearing was believed to have been concerned with Gulzar's access to his daughter over weekends.

It is understood he wanted the right to have Phoenix every weekend and also to care for her when her mother went away to perform.

The tabloid press has had a field day over the couple's divorce and legal fight, with reporters waiting outside the Royal Courts of Justice every day during the hearings.

But both Brown and Gulzar avoided speaking to reporters during their appearances at the High Court.

Meanwhile, Gulzar has been charged with assault, for allegedly attacking the Spice Girl's younger sister, Danielle.

The incident is said to have been sparked by a row over the couple's daughter.

He has been bailed to appear before magistrate's later this month.

Brown has reportedly agreed to pay 1.25m to Gulzar as part of the divorce settlement. It includes 750,000 in cash and a flat in London valued at 500,000.

Dutch-born dancer Gulzar and Brown, originally from Leeds, met in 1998 when he was hired for the Spice Girls' world tour.

They married at a ceremony at their Buckinghamshire home but split up in January this year after a stormy union.

Despite their differences, Brown recently said of Gulzar: "He's the father of my child and he's a very good dad."

The Spice Girls bounce back into the spotlight on Monday with the release of their first single for nearly two years with the double A-side single Holler/Let Love Lead The Way.

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