Bobby Brown Sues BBC and Showtime After Unapproved Image Use Plays Out in Whitney Houston Film

by Brianna Williams

November 29, 2018

Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET

Bobby Brown is suing BBC and Showtime for using more than half-an-hour’s worth of footage of him, his late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. The 2017 documentary, “Whitney: Can I Be Meallegedly used footage from his 2005 Bravo reality series “Being Bobby Brown,” improperly.

The complaint filed reads: “The film contains footage that Brown and BKB has never consented to have released. Brown and BKB appear in the film for a substantial period of time, in excess of thirty (30) minutes. The footage was actually recorded prior to the divorce in 2007 between Brown and Houston. Brown never signed or executed a release for the airing of the material that appears in the film. The footage of Brown is approximately fifteen (15) years old.”

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 22: Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown attend “The Houstons: On Our Own” series premiere party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)

The $2 million lawsuit is reportedly enough to cover all damages. The estate of the only child of the late Whitney Houston and Brown, Bobbi Kristina is suing the media companies as well.

The complaint continues to mention that the film contains images of the New Edition singer’s other children, Landon Brown, Robert ‘Bobby’ Brown Jr. and LaPrincia Brown, as well. All of them being minors with no say. And all of this, Brown never agreed to.

The lawsuit also contains a letter written by Nick Broomfield, one of the film’s co-directors, wanting to do an interview with Bobby from 2016:

“I am particularly keen to do a positive piece that explains the life of Whitney in a loving and enlightening way,” Broomfield wrote. “We have a huge respect for Bobby Brown, his work as an artist and his achievements. We’re of the firm belief that he has been judged very hard and would like to see this as an opportunity for him to tell his story from the heart. We can assure you we have no agenda and come in good faith.”

In March, BET released a docuseries about the 49-year-old called, The Bobby Brown Story which chronicled his rise to fame, roller-coaster marriage to the late, great singer, and so much more. Also, earlier this year, Brown appeared on Sister Circle to talk about the lessons he’s learned throughout his life in the spotlight and honoring Bobbi Kristina.

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