Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown is suing Showtime Networks and the BBC, alleging unauthorized footage was used in the 2017 documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me. A complaint was filed with the US District Court in New York on Wednesday, by Brown and the estate of the couple’s daughter Bobbi Kristina.
It claims the footage harmed Brown, his business and Bobbi Kristina’s estate. R&B singer Brown said consent to use the footage was not given, adding the material is about 15 years old. It was shot before he and singer Houston divorced in 2007, and before her death in 2012.
Report gathered that the plaintiffs want at least two million dollars for violations of their rights of publicity and false advertising, and an injunction against the documentary’s distribution.
The film explores Houston’s personal struggles and relationships, and also her early career before she rose to huge fame with hits including How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You. She died aged 48 after drowning in the bath in a Beverly Hills hotel.