Spice Girls rally around Geri Horner after allegations aimed at F1 boss husband

Melanie Brown said the Spice Girls rallied around Geri Horner as her husband Christian faced allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” as a Formula One team principal.

The Red Bull boss has faced intense scrutiny in recent weeks following allegations relating to the leak of hundreds of WhatsApp messages which appeared to be written by him to a female colleague – claims he has always denied.

Horner was allowed to remain in his role after Red Bull Racing’s parent company, GmbH, dismissed the grievance, while the female employee was suspended on full pay as a direct result of Red Bull’s inquiry.

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The Spice Girls pose outside the Martinez Hotel in Cannes in 1997 (Neil Munns/PA)

Spice Girls star Brown said the pop group, which formed in 1994 and went on to dominate the charts with hits such as Wannabe, Who Do You Think You Are? and Viva Forever, have been protective of Geri during a difficult time.

“Oh God, we are all so supportive of each other, we would literally take a bullet for each other,” Brown told the Mirror of her bandmates Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, and Horner.

“Between the four of us, we’ve all been messaging her; I sent a message to her earlier.

“I just feel for her, and… oh my God. I just feel sad. But she knows she has us four that are with her.”

Brown said she didn’t know the “ins and outs” of the allegations but only saw her friend who is going through a “really tough” time.

“All you can do is be there, just like the girls have been there for me; all I can do is be there for Geri,” she said.

“But it is horrible to see your friend going through something – something that you don’t quite know what it is – but that’s your friend and you want to protect her, no matter what.

“What us five have been through in the 30 years we’ve known each other, that’s a solid bond.”