Bobby Brown is filing a lawsuit over a recent documentary about Whitney Houston.
Variety is reporting that attorneys of Brown and the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown have filed suit in a New York court over the documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me.”
The suit alleges that Showtime and the BBC violated their rights by improperly using footage from the production of the 2005 reality series “Being Bobby Brown.”
The lawsuit asks for $2 million from defendants Passion Pictures, Tracey Baker-Simmons, Wanda Shelley, B2 Entertainment and Simmons Shelley Entertainment, as well as Showtime and the BBC.
It is also claimed that the "On Our Own" singer and his late daughter both appear in the documentary for more than 30 minutes without authorization.
“The footage was actually recorded prior to the divorce in 2007 between Brown and Houston,” reads the document. “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… Assuming that Plaintiff(s) have proper title to the footage, they do not have proper title to its contents.”
The creators of the documentary claim that they meant Bobby no ill will.
“I am particularly keen to do a positive piece that explains the life of Whitney in a loving and enlightening way,” co-director Broomfield wrote in the letter. “We have a huge respect for Bobby Brown, his work as an artist and his achievements. We’re of the firm belief that he has been judged very hard and would like to see this as an opportunity for him to tell his story from the heart. We can assure you we have no agenda and come in good faith.”
“Whitney: Can I Be Me” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017 and has received great reviews. But isn't it time to let Whitney rest? How many more documentaries and films about her rise to fame and her tragic end is Hollywood going to make?