Bobby Brown sues networks, producers over Whitney Houston documentary

Headed to court. Bobby Brown is suing Showtime Networks, the BBC and the producers of a 2017 documentary titled Whitney: Can I Be Me? over the inclusion of footage of the musician and his children in the film, according to new court documents obtained by Us Weekly.

In the papers, which were filed on Wednesday, November 28, the “Every Little Step” singer, 49, is seeking $2 million over the use of what he claims was unauthorized footage of himself and his late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, whom he shared with late ex-wife Whitney Houston.

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Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown and their daughter Bobbi Kristina (left) at the Downtown Disney Theatre in Anaheim, California (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
BEING BOBBY BROWN -- Pictured: (back row l-r) Pops Brown, Whitney Houston, Tommy Brown (front row l-r) Bobby Brown Jr., La'princia Brown, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown (Photo by F. Scott Schafer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Bobby Brown, singer Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive from Los Angeles on June 9, 1993 at JFK Airport in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Bobby Brown, singer Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive from New York City on June 18, 1995 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive from Los Angeles on June 9, 1993 at JFK International Airport in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown attend the Eighth Annual Soul Train Music Awards on March 15, 1994 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Bobby Brown, singer Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive from New York City on June 18, 1995 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Whitney Houston, singer Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown attend the Fourth Annual International Achievement in Arts Awards on October 11, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Bobby Brown, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and mother-in-law singer Cissy Houston attend the Eighth Annual Soul Train Music Awards on March 15, 1994 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Bobby Brown, Minnie Mouse, daughter Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston and Mickey Mouse (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Singer Whitney Houston, singer Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown attend the Fourth Annual International Achievement in Arts Awards on October 11, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Singer Whitney Houston, singer Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown attend the Fourth Annual International Achievement in Arts Awards on October 11, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Bobby Brown performs on SiriusXM's 'Up Close & Personal' hosted by Cayman Kelly (not pictured) at SiriusXM Studio on December 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Bobby Brown arrives at Sean 'Diddy' Combs Exclusive Birthday Celebration on November 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: Recording artist Bobby Brown performs onstage during the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: Recording artist Bobby Brown performs onstage during the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: Recording artist Bobby Brown performs onstage during the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Bobby Brown attends the 2015 Circle Of Sisters Expo at Jacob Javitz Center on October 18, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
WESTFIELD, NJ - AUGUST 03: Pat Houston and her daughter Rayah Houston leave the funeral service for Bobbi Kristina Brown at the Whigham Funeral Home on August 3, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was reportedly found unconscious in her bathtub on January 31, 2015 and passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 22 after an extended hospital stay. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 03: Singer Dionne Warwick attends a funeral service for Bobbi Kristina Brown at the Whigham Funeral Home on August 3, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was reportedly found unconscious in her bathtub on January 31, 2015 and passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 22 after an extended hospital stay. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 04: Recording artist Bobby Brown performs during the Affordable Old School Concert Series at Wolf Creek Amphitheater on July 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Bobby Brown speaks onstage during BET Networks 2016 Upfront at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images for BET Networks)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Bobby Brown attends Soul Food Festival Los Angeles at Exposition Park on April 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keipher McKennie/WireImage)
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“The film contains footage that Brown and BKB has never consented to have released,” the documents state. “Brown and BKB appear in the film for a substantial period of time, in excess of 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 15 years old.”

The documents go on to allege that neither Bobby, Bobbi Kristina, who passed away in July 2015 at the age of 22, nor her estate signed video release forms before the film premiered on Showtime in August 2017. The papers also state that the documentary falsely credited Bobby’s company, Brownhouse Entertainment Inc., with providing said video clips.

Additionally, Bobby claims in the papers that he and his children did not consent the inclusion of videos featuring his son Landon, 32, whom he shares with Melika Payne, as well as daughter LaPrincia, 28, and son Bobby Brown Jr., 26. (Brown also shares sons Cassius, 9, and Bodhi, 3, with wife Alicia Etheredge.)

Though the former New Edition member concedes that he signed an agreement with two of the defendants in relation to his 2004 TV series, Being Bobby Brown, Bobby says that any footage captured was agreed not to be used in future materials without his explicit consent.

Houston died in February 2012 at the age of 48 from an accidental drowning and “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” after she was found unresponsive in her Beverly Hilton hotel room.

Brown, who was married to the Grammy winner from 1992 to 2007, spoke about their relationship to Matt Lauer on the Today show after her death. “I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us . . . they would know how we felt about each other,” he said in April. “They would know how happy we were together.”

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