A Showtime documentary about legendary performer Whitney Houston featured more than 30 minutes of unauthorized footage of her ex-husband Bobby Brown and their daughter Kristina, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Brown, 49, is seeking more than $2 million in damages for the use of the footage which aired as part of the 2017 documentary, “Can I be Me.”
The footage was taken before Brown and Houston divorced in 2007 — and in papers filed in Manhattan federal court, the former “New Edition” singer said he never signed a release waiver for it.
The couple’s deceased daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is also listed as a plaintiff through her estate.
Whitney Houston died of an accidental drowning linked to her cocaine use in a Los Angeles bathtub in 2012 when she was 48. Her 22-year-old daughter died three years later under similar circumstances. Bobbi Kristina was discovered unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31, 2015. She died in July after spending months in a coma.
Both Bobbi Kristina and her father appear in “Can I Be Me,” the court papers say — but neither of them gave consent to Showtime or Passion Pictures Corp., another plaintiff, to use the footage.
The lawsuit also names the British Broadcasting Corporation as a defendant — claiming that the BBC is airing the “alleged documentary” in England. “Can I Be Me” was written, co-produced and co-directed by well-known English filmmaker Nick Bloomfield.