Bobby Brown & Bobbi Kristina Estate Sues Showtime, BBC For $2 Million Over Appearance in Whitney Houston Docu
Bobby Brown and the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown are reportedly suing Showtime Networks, BBC, and the producers of a Whitney Houston documentary entitled Can I Be Me?. The complaint was filed this week and the Brown family is reportedly seeking $2 million for their inclusion in the film. The complaint states,
“The film contains footage that Brown and BKB has never consented to have released. Brown and BKB 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.”
Reportedly, the complaint seeks a permanent injunction on top of monetary damages and claims that the film amounts to a misappropriation of publicity rights as well as a violation of the Lanham Act. The New Edition singer is also reportedly pursuing a separate breach-of-contract claim against B2 Entertainment, a dissolved company that had a deal with Brown’s company for the Bravo reality series, Being Bobby Brown. The complaint states, “B2 agreed not to use any materials associated with Brown’s family friends or employers without his consent in tv or film projects,” but nonetheless, producers of the Whitney Houston documentary are said to have obtained Being Bobby Brown footage for their own use on Can I Be Me?
Brown nor Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate have yet to respond publicly.
See the teaser for the documentary below.