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May 22, 2019

His prerogative! Bobby Brown sues Showtime over Whitney Houston documentary

November 28, 2018
Singer Bobby Brown attends The “Bobby-Q” Atlanta Premiere Of “The Bobby Brown Story” at Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Paras Griffin / Getty Images for BET)

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.

Several of Brown’s other children — all minors — appear in the film without their father’s permission, the suit said.

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