Bobby Brown Suing BBC And Showtime Over Whitney Houston Documentary

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

Bobby Brown is not one to be played with when it comes to the late Whitney Houston, who, since her death has had multiple documentaries produced on her musical career and life.

As Deadline reports, Brown is suing Showtime and BBC for more than 2 million dollars over a 2017 Whitney Houston documentary, which used over a half-hour of footage with him and his children without his consent.

The film, “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” contains footage that the New Edition member and his late daughter Bobbi Kristina never agreed to releasing, according to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday in New York.

“Brown and [his late daughter] appear in the film for a substantial period of time, in excess of thirty minutes. … Brown never signed or executed a release for the airing of the material that appears in the film.”

The lawsuit filed also stated that, “The film contains images of [Brown’s] other children, Landon Brown, Robert ‘Bobby’ Brown Jr. and LaPrincia Brown as minor children,” which Brown never gave the okay to.”

The documentary has not only premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, but was also aired across several countries, including on BBC in the UK, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, not to mention in North America on Showtime.

Brown even took the lawsuit a step further by including multiple production companies; Passion Pictures Corp, B2 Entertainment, and Simmons Shelley Entertainment along with their principals are all on the list for using non consented footage of Brown and his kids.

Representing Brown in the suit is attorney Christopher Brown of Brown and Rosen in Boston.

To dive further into the lawsuit it states that, “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 years old… Assuming that Plaintiff(s) have proper title to the footage, they do not have proper title to its contents,” as reported by USA Today.

In continuation it also stated that, “every person should have the right to control how their identity or likeness or personality, or voice, name or image is commercialized by others.”

While Brown has filed the suit, the director of the 2017 documentary exclaims he reached out to the “My Prerogative” singer for an interview, and that the documentary was meant to show Houston in a positive and loving light.

“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.”

Brown’s representatives have yet to respond to USA Today for comments.

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