Bobby Brown did not give consent for the 2017 documentary about his late wife Whitney Houston for more than a half-hour’s worth of footage of him and his children. The New Edition and solo R&B hitmaker has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Showtime and the BBC over their film Whitney Can I Be.
Brown and [his late daughter] appear in the film for a substantial period of time, in excess of thirty (30) minutes. … Brown never signed or executed a release for the airing of the material that appears in the filmNew York District Court
In a court document filed in New York District Court, it states:
Whitney: Can I Be Me premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
and aired on Showtime in North America and the BBC in the UK. The suit
also notes that the documentary was sold to Germany, Italy and the Netherlands
“without the consent of the Plaintiffs. All the Defendants are keenly
aware that intellectual property about the Plaintiffs and Houston are
very valuable and of interest to the public,” it adds.
The filing also says: “The film contains images of [Brown’s] other children, Landon Brown, Robert ‘Bobby’ Brown Jr. and LaPrincia Brown as minor children. Brown never consented to have his children appear in the film Can I Be Me and his children never consented.”New York District Court
The lawsuit, which also names production companies Passion Pictures
Corp, B2 Entertainment and Simmons Shelley Entertainment and their
principals, seeks more than $2 million in damages. Attorney Christopher
Brown of Brown & Rosen in Boston is representing Brown and his
daughter’s estate in the legal matter.