Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown hauled Showtime and the BBC into court for using old footage from Bravo's 2004 Being Bobby Brown reality TV series in a new Whitney Houston documentary entitled Can I Be Me?

Brown, who is the late singer's ex-husband, filed a lawsuit in New York federal court seeking $2 million for including the old footage of Brown and his late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in the film.

Brown's legal team claims the singer never consented to using extensive footage Being Bobby Brown in the film.

Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown

The complaint states:

"The film contains footage that Brown and BKB has never consented to have released. Brown and [Bobbi Kristina] 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."

Brown claims the use of the footage amounts to misappropriation of publicity rights as well as a violation of the Lanham Act, according to HollywoodReporter.com.

The complaint seeks $2 million in monetary damages and a permanent injunction.

Brown is also pursuing a separate breach-of-contract lawsuit against B2 Entertainment, a now defunct company that produced the Bravo Reality TV series, Being Bobby Brown.

Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown

B2 Entertainment was founded by Tracey Baker-Simmons and Wanda Shelley. The women reportedly agreed not to release footage from Being Bobby Brown after public backlash forced the cancellation of the TV series that portrayed Whitney in a very negative light.

Brown accuses Baker-Simmons and Shelley of negotiating a "side deal" by providing the BBB footage to Showtime and the BBC for inclusion in the Whitney documentary.

Photos by Paras Griffin/Getty Images, Sandra Rose/Sandrarose.com

  • iWasteTime

    I hope all his t's are crossed and i's are dotted.

  • Phillybruh

    Bobby should be sued for that mess that was the BET movie.

  • Renee Bee

    Bob-bay! Get your paper.

  • davine puddin

    Here come phaedra getting her coins too. Side note i loved that reality show. But hell to the naw give that man his money

  • Renee Bee

    (Giggles) I refused to watch it. I knew it was going to be awful.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Junkanoo

    Bobby looks a frightful mess don't really care about him or this story . Miss you Whitney.

  • LYRICS

    Every time I see Auntie Whitney, I still can't believe she left this earth before Bobby Brown! Just give BAAAWWWBBBEEE his MONEY!

  • WhoKnew

    Me too. I actually like him.

  • FukkFolks2018

    This is Alicia's doing.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Bobby should be happy that someone knows that he's alive.
    I always wondered why BK was shorter than both of her parents.

  • Kbellaluvvs

    Ill be glad when they leave her alone to rest....

  • Kimocha

    I'm still waiting on somebody to suit Bobby for all the lies he's told since 1988!... If lies were a crime this nicca would be locked up for life!

  • Solstice

    Sandra Lenora Jean Olga Clementine Rose?!?!? ? That pic though ????? LMAO I couldn’t even make it to read the write up.…???…?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aad197aceba9f164d3f5ed451b11c42a5a752538bd8972fca46a2bd7b63a6c37.gif

  • Phillybruh

    I turned it off, when he claimed to never have done coke until Whitney. When the NEW EDITION movie said coke and drinking were a reason for giving him the boot.

  • Ni Ni

    Olga?Why????

  • Ni Ni

    That poor child, smh.

  • Solstice
  • Angelique Johnson

    Come on now Bobby. Just rest and relax.

  • Applebootay

    Just Run that Man his money. That's it and that's all.

  • Renee26

    They should know they needed his permission unless the shows creators owned all the rights and gave them permission to use the footage.

    Whitney's estate should sue Bobby and his wife for how they portrayed her in his movie.

  • Renee26

    They should know they needed his permission unless the shows creators owned all the rights and gave them permission to use the footage.

    Whitney's estate should sue Bobby and his wife for how they portrayed her in his movie.

  • bemetoo

    Bobby is a liar he lied about Whitney introducing him to coke...when new edition already said Coke Cain was the drug that gets them in the mood to turn the fawk up ... people always want to say Whitney was her own down fall when everyone knows that it was bawbaaay

  • bemetoo

    Bobby is a liar he lied about Whitney introducing him to coke...when new edition already said Coke Cain was the drug that gets them in the mood to turn the fawk up ... people always want to say Whitney was her own down fall when everyone knows that it was bawbaaay

  • Phillybruh

    That last part!

  • Phillybruh

    That last part!

  • Renee26

    Let Bobby tell it it's cause Nippy didn't hold the baby for the first year of her life cause they were busy getting high...maybe all the crack residue in the air stunted her growth

  • Renee26

    Let Bobby tell it it's cause Nippy didn't hold the baby for the first year of her life cause they were busy getting high...maybe all the crack residue in the air stunted her growth

  • Renee26

    Yup...

  • Keyshia Ray

    Really she had nothing to do with her choices huh? Ummmmm did we forget her brother said she was doing drugs before she met Bobby? Ijs....

  • Renee26

    He showed Whitney moonwalking on past him when he was stroking out on the floor ? ? ? ion belee it

  • Phillybruh

    I think she is responsible for her choices, of which she chose man that had the same problems as she did and handed him control of her coke problem which turned into a crack problem for her and by the end a heroin problem for him

  • Mark mcharm

    You know them ?

  • Phillybruh

    Every five minutes she shoving drugs in his face bye Bobby brown.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Do you think that Whitney stopped getting high while she was pregnant?
    I don't.

  • bemetoo

    Umm I never said she didn’t do coke befor Bobby I said Bobby lied when he said Whitney introduce him to drugs when it’s been documented Bobby was a certified coke head when he was with new edition before he dated Whitney

  • bemetoo

    Yes I do... now what?

  • Renee26

    Probably not...not with those types of drugs

  • Mark mcharm

    Well if you knew he was her doiwnfall why did you not tell Whitney to go to rehab when her drug habit was spiraling out of control.?

  • therealashland

    I bet you might be whitneys messy sis in law pat, old messy self and messy weave child bye. I believe Bobby,. He got his life together ,. He wasn’t the harden addict people made him out to be!!

  • Renee26

    And Alicia was his saving grace...always came to his rescue and led him in the right direction

  • JustMyThoughts

    Secure the bag Bobby ?

  • bemetoo

    I did me and robin both tried we even took her there. And this was right before waiting to exhale but nippy was like bih fawk u and robin

  • bemetoo

    Bih don’t ever say that I’m not that leech tramp bih...she use to tell Whitney Let’s get high Bobby will be Bobby girl and then try to kiss Whitney

  • Mark mcharm

    Yeah ok Pinocchio.

  • Renee26

    Yup her brother turned her onto the drugs

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That's my Boy ret there ... Bobby done had it hard ... but he still standing ....

  • bemetoo

    Girrrrlllll my nose ? ain’t that long

  • Prettybrowneyes

    I've seen the documentary several times. Don't remember the Bravo footage on there. The only footage of Bobbie K. was when she was a toddler ?. Maybe I missed it.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Men are some interesting creatures....he's moved on with a whole new family....not that I dont think he mourns them but just seems eerie...anyway....the BET movie was good....lies and all. Nice trip down memory lane had me up dancing and singing along.....yall too! Dont deny it

  • Dahl

    I have to say, Bobby looks turrible in that pic...#sorrynotsorry

  • dontgetblocked

    He's trying to get some money for his new family.

  • jayhawkpride

    He may have lied, I'm not sure. However, since you know Whitney, you know she did coke long before she ever met Bobby.They weren't good for each other, but Whitney was her own downfall!!

  • Ni Ni

    Men really are something else. Dont be sick and on your death bed, them bastids be just waiting for you to get out the way it seems cause two months later they're out on the town grinning ear to ear with their new boo.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    Always loved both Whitney and Bobby BUT looking at those top pics makes me thankful I never got into all that drinking and drugging. RIP Whitney and Bobbi Kristina ??

  • WhoKnew

    Sho is.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    I have a friend and cousin like that, will lie just to prove a point when it only makes them look dumb and crazy...shhts annoying

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    If other people can profit off of your creativity or likeness, then why shouldn't you! Get your coins Bobby! Do better Showtime, they thought they wouldnt get caught or the 2 milli was worth the risk, thats a drop in the bucket for them..

  • Applebootay

    You know whaaaaaaaaa

  • Peppermint Patty

    Lololol! Done seen it too many times I tellya!

  • Logan Roberts

    This has his (rib) wife written all over this??

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Those seasonings and sauces must not be selling

  • ClaireHuxtable

    BBB was a real life tragedy. Their behaviors were disgusting and immature. I hope it never airs again.

  • Keekz

    This is a just suit. I hope he wins.

  • Keekz

    Whew Chile that's that HARD livin'. You can have it.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Some of the shows are up on YouTube still

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Why didn't you tell her that their lack of parenting was going to end up costing BK?

  • Keekz

    Whitney strikes me as the type of person who does whatever in the fawk she wants to do. I bet no-one could make her do anything....maybe Clive

  • Mark mcharm

    I agree and she was pulling the money in so who was telling her no when she is the breadwinner.

  • Keekz

    Some people are just destined to live life on their own terms. Sad she didn't think enough of her daughter to provide her with a stable loving environment. Her selfish azz

  • bemetoo

    I tried girl I even took bk for 4 days after nippy and Bobby fought over Bobby taking extra money from Whitney to pay a drug debt

  • Keekz

    Is he greasy or sweaty? I can't tell.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Well at least U can rest knowing you tried. There's only so much a person can do.
    Every time I see their pix, the same word comes to me: Tragedy.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ugggh.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    sweasy

  • Reina1718

    Which clip?? Lol its all over you tube anyway! He jus wanna look like the good guy & whitney made him worse

  • Rhondalousey

    The point was, Whitney didn't introduce him to it as everyone keeps saying.

  • B.Loveitt

    #Imweak??????

  • brooklyn23

    I hate you I literally lol. But real talk fck males/men they're a piece of work

  • brooklyn23

    Yo i cants..yes I said cants fcks with that lying shit. It's a non winning battle

  • Meme

    Heeheehee Ms Sandra s middle names you give her always kills me?

  • MsPam

    Bobby sit your crackheadish down.

  • MsPam

    Thank you, Bobby’s mama did/sold drugs out of their house. The Bobby Brown movie made it seems like his parents were saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.

  • Keekz

    ????????????

  • Solstice

    ??? Me too Meme. I have too much fun trying to pull all those old school granny names together! ???!

  • Faux Gibbler

    I think the footage that was showed never was aired on Bravo

  • Elevated Soul

    The law is the law....Mr. Brown definitely has a legit lawsuit....

    Get that money!!!!

  • tintin

    you are funny!!!

  • tintin

    Bobby said on Breakfast Club that he can outdance anyone and he can do that as of today. With all the sweat.. .i doubt it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da20e878ab0367ea11a545605495ab26f35f5c7b429357a152d2e6f7de2d7c00.gif

  • Branch Davidian

    Normally I would post a snarky comment but damn...Whitney has been dead for a long time. The daughter has been dead for a long time. Clearly this guy did a lot of things he regrets but how would you feel if people kept dragging up your worst possible moments while you are just trying to move on with your life? And not even try to pay you what you are legally entitled to? Let this guy live and let Whitney rest...

  • Plugg62208

    Still amazes me that folks really bout the Clive Davis contrived image of Whitney. No matter that her Brother admitted he turned her on to Coke, folks still want to blame Bobby in some way on her demise. They had been divorced for over 4 years and Bobby cleaned up his life. Stop hating my boy because he still alive. This lawsuit has nothing to do with Whitney and if she was around she would be getting her cut.

  • Trace da Ace

    Bobby wants his coins!!! pay up!

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    I think she did her best, but Whitney had demons, cant take care of nobody else when you can take care of yourself.

  • Ni Ni

    lol...its the truth.

  • Ni Ni

    Exactly!