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Whitney Houston Funeral

Bobby Brown Bailed

Over Seating Dispute

2/18/2012 11:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bobby Brown was asked to leave the funeral of Whitney Houston today.
Bobby Brown was asked to leave Whitney Houston's funeral today ... after he got into an argument with Whitney's family over whether or not he could bring nine people into the church with him ... TMZ has learned. 

Brown was spotted going into the church today in Newark, NJ ... but was seen leaving shortly thereafter. 

According to our sources, Brown was invited, plus two, but instead showed up with an entourage of nine people. We're told Bobby became upset when he found out they would not seat his whole party. 

Our sources say Bobby wanted to sit with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but Whitney's family was not having it.

We're told Rev. Jesse Jackson tried to smooth things over ... but to no avail.

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Rev. Al Sharpton spoke of the incident with Bobby as he left the church, saying, "He showed nothing but love and respect for Whitney. I wish people would leave Bobby alone" (see video below).

Brown issued a statement later on, saying, "My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions."

He continued, "I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene."

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481.

patty    

omg ppl!!! please check b4 you start making all the hateful post - bobby came w/ only his brother and 3 of his kids - who were invited - not a posse of 9 ppl - then after he was sat by security - they came back and asked him and his kids to move 3 more times, then when bobbi/kris cam security refused bobby to even go and see her - and i bobby props - the old bobby would have lost his temper and made a scene - today, he quietly left w/ out causing a problem - no one would had even know if tmz didn't report it - them tmz reported it incorrectly and caused this huge upset - which they need to fix and apologize

975 days ago
482.

Regina    

Dude, you created a scene when you brought 9 people with you to your exes funeral!!! I think it was intentional to piss of the Houston family. So what if they were STEP CHILDREN. Did she even know them??? Just do what the instructions said to do and there would not have been a problem. Grow the h***up!!!

975 days ago
483.

ScM    

This should not have happened. The funeral was Whitney's and not her family's. They should have all put aside their differences and let each show love and respect for Whitney. Bobbi Kristina should have had her father with her no matter what the rest of the family thought. The child is grieving the loss of a parent. No one can comfort her as much as her father no matter all of the family politics. A very sad reflection on all around Whitney. You can see why she had problems.

975 days ago
484.

JusticeForAll    

They wanted him to be miserable by not including him with the family in seating. Warwick is so cunning and downright scary, as her behavior on Celebrity Apprentice fully revealed I wouldn't put anything past her. Maybe Whitney should have chosen better, but she did choose Bobby Brown, and with him produced a daughter, and I don't think she would like him being treated this way.

975 days ago
485.

able_walker    

Sounds like he came with some family members...not a "posse". Anyway it seems the Family tried to provoke him into making a scene so that they can say later he's a unfit father and shouldn't have anything to do with his daughter and they get to keep all the money that way.All about the Benjamins nothing else.

975 days ago
486.

NICOLE    

Not a surprise, really. The invitation was for 3 people including him. He came up with 6 more. What do you expect??

975 days ago
487.

john    

Yes, they F'd with him, but it was a test. They wanted him to prove his penitence. And he failed (Ego too big). He should have shut up and sucked it up.

975 days ago
488.

well put    

so bobby has had yet another baby,this time he'll go to jail cause whitney isn't here to bail his pos out.

975 days ago
489.

john    

Shame and eternal shame, nothing but shame!

975 days ago
490.

elm    

Aretha skipped it. Even if she was hurting, I'm a little surprised. maybe she knew there'd be family "drama" and just took a pass. It's a weird crew, no doubt, this extended Houston clan. Weren't there issues with Whitney's dad too, way back when?

975 days ago
491.

john    

No one doubts Bobby is sorry. We know that. This is about actions, as a man.

He didn't man-up to pay his respects. Running out of the funeral like like scared child with a silly excuse about seating arrangements is sad.

975 days ago
492.

CHIKITA    

umm why is everyone talking like this about bobby. if im not mistaken he had previous children before whitney which would make whitney their stepmom why shouldnt they come. they grew attached to her im sure after 10+ years bobby and whitney were married. i mean really how could you tell two of your children you can come but the other can not. another thing is why do everyone blame bobby for her problems at the end of the day she was a grown woman who made her own decision. dang leave the man alone

975 days ago
493.

Lisa    

Now that I read his statment, I do understand that the 9 people consist of his step children and his bandmates which is very understandable. It would have been great if he had gotten permission from the family if he could bring them.But then, they are not on speaking terms. So its' a difficult situation and I totally understand. He should just have his own private ceremony to honor her memory with his side of his family and friends. I am sure he feels bad.

975 days ago
494.

Marc    

Some of you dumb asses have no idea what you are talking about. Whitney has 2 brothers, both of whom are addicts. Dionne Warwick was a druggie. Dionne's sister died because of drugs. Whitney dated addicts such as Darryl Strawberry before Bobby. She has admitted to using cocaine before Bobby. While divorced in 2007, they had spent time together including vacations with Bobby, Whitney, and Bobbi Kristina since the divorce. Bobbi was living with Whitney and she and her mother partied together. Whitney was using drugs and drinking alcohol with the knowledge of her family. They said nothing why? Bobby's mother died last January and his dad died in December. Whitney not only went to the funerals, but sang 2 songs at his mother's funeral. Bobbi Kristina is her closest living relative. Not her mother or cousins like Dionne. They should not be making the decisions. They are keeping close reins so as to control the money.

975 days ago
495.

john    

Her Voice shines like money in the Sun. Her Life shines like money in the shade. It all shines; it all shines.

975 days ago
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