When one gets in the battle, one is attacked by all sorts of Demons which encourage your fleshly desires and sins.
Mel got in the battle long ago and needs prayers for a greater harder fall so he can be done with all the things in his life that allow him to sin out this way.
No excuses for his behavior, nor am I minimizing his part in his downfall. Just saying he’s being pruned an a big, public way.
C.S. Lewis wrote that a snail can’t be very good or very bad; a dog, being more intelligent and capable, can be both better and worse than a snail; a man can be better and worse yet. A man who has a deep capacity for faith also has a great capacity for wickedness. Conversely, when brilliant people who have been wicked like this turn around, they can become great servants of Christ.