Bobby Brown and the estate of Kristina Bobbi Brown's 2018 lawsuit against BBC and Showtime over the 2017 Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me has been dismissed.
Bobby Brown and his daughter's estate filed a complaint in New York federal court, stating that the footage was used without their consent and their right of publicity had been violated, per THR.
"Whitney: Can I Be Me, by virtue of being an expressive work, is protected under the First Amendment," U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon wrote.
"Here, Defendants and the film's directors, producers, and associated creative staff drew upon the raw materials of Whitney Houston's life story and created a film depicting that story. Courts applying California law have consistently held that films and television programs based on true events are constitutionally protected expressive works."
Brown is free to pursue them in a state court however.