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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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douglas m pacheco    

As much as I do not like Bobby Brown and what he stands for as a man, he is the girls daddy and he is trying to do the right thing .
This is his ex-wifes family taking out revenge for themself I feel sorry for the pain they have caused the young girl and her father very sad .

887 days ago
617.

cdsp    

This funeral was supposed to be about Whitney, to celebrate her life and give her a final goodbye with love and respect. Everyone ESPECIALLY Bobby Brown should have understood this. It was not about making Bobby Brown feel important, exceptional or comfortable. The Houston family respected him by inviting him in spite of the years of physical and mental abuse and cheating on their daughter, sister and mother. He didn't respect her in life & in death he still couldn't. Bobby get help from God!

887 days ago
618.

Camille Aliza Ingebrigtsen    

Whitney & Bobby have a special bond together,we all have to accept that and the way he was treated at her funeral it was unacceptable i do not appreciate it.However this is too sad for Bobbi Christina & shame full.RIP Whitney will always u angel xxx <3

887 days ago
619.

Camille Aliza Ingebrigtsen    

Rip angel*******************Love u xxx.

887 days ago
620.

douglas m pacheco    

As much as I do not like Bobby Brown and what he stands for as a man, he is the girls daddy and he is trying to do the right thing .
This is his ex-wifes family taking out revenge for themself I feel sorry for the pain they have caused the young girl and her father very sad .

887 days ago
621.

Lyn-Dee Eldrdige    

WOW people, how would you have reacted to this if it was you? I am not a fan of Bobby Brown, but come on! Security moving him where ever he sat, not allowing him to reach out to his daughter...who should we really say Shame on You too?

887 days ago
622.

Carolyn    

To all you people including the Houston's family... you can not blame nobody for Whitney's bad habits. It's wrong how ya'll claim to be Christian's but yet acting like an unsaved person. Bobby Brown did not put a gun to Whitney's head. Whitney had a choice to not do drugs. Well, who is making her daughter do drugs. I am not a Bobby Brown Fan, but right is right. Money talks and bull **** walks. Whitney had so much money she covered up her habits. Bobby and Whitney was not good for one another. Leave the man along, Whitney is no Angel... she was a wonderful singer and I love her music. But come on people she is not all what you people are saying she is. Save people forgive and move on. Everything the Houston's family is doing to Bobby Brown they need to check them self. Keep an eye on Whitney daughter and stop all this mess. Bobby Brown is clean and Whitney had a choice to get clean too. Stop judging and live like God want us too.

887 days ago
623.

honesty    

Yes, he loved Whitney so much that in the ultimate show of love and final respect he was glad to get one seat in the back. He quietly sit there, except for the occasional sob of grief and severe personal anguish at the lost of someone he so loved... Wait a second.. he what? demanded 9 seats... even after being invited despite possibly upsetting his daughter....performed that night, and the night of the funeral.. did not even show up... Pardon me, so sorry please excuse the previous commentary.

887 days ago
624.

babaz    

Let a kid have its father at its mother funeral...you ghetto ass pieces of ****...

887 days ago
625.

Sha    

TMZ PLEASE STOP LIEING!! BOBBY BROWN CAME WITH HIS OTHER TWO CHILDREN.....THE TWO SIBLINGS THAT SPENT TIME WITH WHITNEY WHILE HE WAS MARRIED TO HER....AND WHO WERE CLOSE WITH THEIR SIBLING BOBBY KRISTINA....HE HAD NO ONE ELSE WITH HIM!! HE LEFT BECAUSE ONCE INSIDE THE CHURCH THEY MOVED HIS AND THE CHILDREN'S SEATING 3 DIFFERENT TIMES AND THE CHILDREN WERE BECOMING UPSET SO HE LEFT! BOBBY AND WHITNEY ONCE LOVED EACH OTHER AND ALL THE MAN WANTED TO DO WAS PAY HIS RESPECTS! HAD HE NOT COME AT ALL PEOPLE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT THAT!! LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SO CALLED CHRISTIANS THAT WOULDN'T LET A PERSON PAY THEIR RESPECTS BECAUSE OF NEGATIVE FEELINGS THEY ARE HARBORING......C'MON REALLY CALL A SPADE A SPADE

887 days ago
626.

Anna    

He is the father of her daughter and he deserved to be able to sit with her. I think the family should get that. He was mourning too.....

887 days ago
627.

black or white    

i agree. he is a grieving father, and he too needs a support system of family and friends. so pretty much what most people here are saying is that he should not have a support system. only cissy, dionne and all their family and friends can be comforted?? Bobby, of all people should have NOTHING???

887 days ago
628.

No Surprises    

Bobby is ghetto until the end. This wasn't a day about his posse or entourage. He's a has been, why does he even need a posse? Bravo to you, Houston Family!

887 days ago
629.

Dudley Dorite    

Bobby Brown is a thug!... is, was and always will be. He dragged Whitney down to his level and she was never able to climb back up... just hope that Whitney's family can protect Bobbi Christina from his influence!

887 days ago
630.

Dkt    

Bobby did not come to pay his respect. He came to rub salt into the Houston families wounds. Why would he come to pay his respects. He has already remarried and got another child on the way, and he was cheating on Whitney with this cow he is now married to. SOME RESPECT.

887 days ago
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