Bobby Brown lawsuit against Whitney Houston documentary dismissed. Due to footage used in Whitney: Can I Be Me, Showtime and BBC was sued by the singer and the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston in Reality Show Footage ‘Being Bobby Brown’ is the Subject of Lawsuit
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, several claims were made by Brown’s lawsuit. Namely, that he never signed a release for the film to utilize footage from the 2005 reality TV series “Being Bobby Brown.” Another was that he never consented to have his likeness appear in the film.
Asking for $2 million and an injunction to end the film’s distribution, Brown went to court over the matter. However, Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court ruled that the film is protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment.
Additionally, the judge stated that to have his likeness featured in the movie did not require Brown’s permission.
All may not be lost though, Bobby Brown has the option to pursue the matter further in State Court. Because the judge declined to exercise federal jurisdiction over the claim of alleged unauthorized footage.
Although we prematurely lost Whitney in 2012, then her daughter in 2015 at the age of 22 in very similar tragedies, it’s a shame things ended the way they did.
Looking at photos of the way they were, we can’t help but remember the days when we couldn’t get enough. Following her life, we loved her voice, celebrated her baby girl and we always rooted for her and her family.