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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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661.

Lynn    

It's sad that this family has so much drama on the day of Whitney's funeral. Both Bobby and the Houston family are wrong and should be ashamed! Bobby was wrong for bringing extra people without clearing it first and the Houston family is wrong for preventing him from having contact with his daughter.

955 days ago
662.

alterego    

alterego: 3 hours ago

And The Grammy Goes To Addiction 2/13/12

In Hollywood its dramatized
News media publicized
Fans idolized
Family apologies
And the priest eulogizes
And The Grammy Goes To The Door
For behind lies addicted poor
Live corpse squat and cough
Jail one year or more
but them u chose to ignore
And the Grammy Goes To The Hybrid
Fame, drugs and riches
Demi-gods with Hollywood names
Whitney, Michael and Lohanns claim
And The Grammy Goes To Whitney
A hybrid Goddess Deity
Beauty, storm, and a gift to sing
Wearing your crown into eternity!!!!!!

955 days ago
663.

Crack is Whack    

You are not reaaly a drug addict if you are rich. You are not reaaly a drug addict if you are on prescription meds and crack is whack. Thats pretty much the message that Whitney tried to convey in her interview with Katie Couric 11 years ago. Guess what Whitney CRACK IS WHACK, YOU ARE A DRUG ADDICT, YOU DIED BECAUSE OF A DRUG OVERDOSE... Drugs dont discriminate just because you have the means to hide your use. Lesson learned CRACK IS TRUELY WHACK!

955 days ago
664.

burner    

CNN reports on Mr. Browns actions -

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/18/showbiz/houston-funeral-bobby-brown/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Brown was expected to attend with two guests but showed up with 10 people, a close friend of the Houston family told CNN on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

"The family approached Bobby and told him that he could stay in the area reserved for family, but that his guests would need to move to a different section to make room for Cissy (Houston) and the rest of the family," the family friend said. "Bobby said no."

When Brown refused, the family asked police to intervene.

"The police told Bobby that he could stay in the area reserved for family, but that his guests needed to move," the friend said. "Bobby said no, and left with all of his guests."

The family friend maintained that Brown was always invited to the funeral.

"There was never a question of whether he would be invited or not," the friend said.

Describing what happened at the service, the Rev. Al Sharpton posted on his Twitter account: "I am at Whitney's funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney."

955 days ago
665.

Koatz    

Bobby is her ex-husband no matter what Whitney's family thinks about. He should have been front-and-center in terms of seating. As for those who accompanied him to the funeral, they should have been accommodated.
Whitney's family was being "simple", and it definitely distracts from them, not Bobby. Kristina is HIS daughter, and I hope she distances herself from the poison of her aunts, uncles, etc... It's absolutely disgraceful that they should treat Bobby that way.

955 days ago
666.

Kowny Krush    

BB, you know what you did to WH. Now, please go the hell away.

955 days ago
667.

cfogle    

You all sound real stupid. Yes this man made a terrible mistake but God has and will forgive him. WE are not to JUDGE.

955 days ago
668.

Stopatfour    

I think it was so wrong that he and his children was treated that way that was not guess at one point those was her step children and they should been allowed to show there respect as well. I know the family is hurting but wring is wrong and no matter what people or her family think of him she loved him and had his kid and that's the bottom line and who are we to say if it was a good love or not. Whitney knew what she was getting into when she met bobby and they both did they same thing drugs she ain't no better and he ant no better people just need to stop being foolish this young lady is about to go thought the hardest part of life with out her mother we all been 18 and it hard and she is going thought it alone she don't need all this let's support her encourage her with wisdom not keep talkin about her parents drug abuse **** she lived it and she knows what went on give it a ****ing rest already.

955 days ago
669.

Annette    

Can anyone explain WHY Jesse Jackson is always front and center when he is the biggest pseudo minister? Surely, he has no shame but it irked me to no end to see his hypocritical face during Whitney's homegoing. He never shows up with the wifey as other married minister ie Bishop T.D. Jakes. Jesse Jackson is a re-active individual in the Chicago communities: HE WAITS UNTIL POLICE AND MEDIA CAMERAS ARE ROLLING. He could do more for young men that are without male figures. But we can NOT forget his out of wedlock child. Then there is Rep Jesse Jackson, Jr who I pray can be re-elected to show he has learned his lesson and will NOT end up like his dad by havig extra marital affairs. PEOPLE PLEASE DO NOT HAVE JESSE SR SHOWING UP IN THE PULPIT AGAIN.

955 days ago
670.

Annette    

It is sad that Bobby Brown did NOT honor the invitation for himself and 2 guest. I do understand how Cissy Houston must feel about Bobby because I too believe he is the main factor in getting Whitney started on the drug scene. Some people are low on self-esteem which I believe Whitney was and Bobby stepped right in on time. Moving years ahead now that Whitney is hooked it appears that both Bobby Brown and Whitney allowed Bobbi Kristina to see too much drug activity. Bobbi does NOT seem to have had a childhood. She is said to be 18 years old, sorry unfortunately she dresses/looks like she is in her mid 20s. So if Bobbi is doing drugs, Bobby take credit again alone this time now that Whitney has transitioned. We must join Cissy in prayers for Bobbi Kristina. I hope Cissy will handle the business for young Bobbi or BOBBY BROWN will walk right in God forbid if something happens to Bobbi - Cissy will NOT be in charge if she does not take step now. Hopefully, Whitney set up a trust that will NOT allow Bobbi to draw all down at once. After Whitney divorced Bobby she said, he started her onto drugs and their marriage became uglier because Bobby Brown was jealous of her success. That I believe but Whitney did NOT stop it in time.

955 days ago
671.

Roydo    

I think it was his prerogative

955 days ago
672.

JusticeForAll    

I just watched Whitney's inteview with Oprah and discovered Bobby Brown spit on Whitney, and cheated on her with women not fit to lick Whitney's shoe, so now I'm beginning to see why the family was reluctant to make special concessions for him. Geez.

955 days ago
673.

sue    

not about you Bobby. Whitney carried you for way too long. What a brat and attention seeker. Shame on you for leaving your daughter hangin. Too bad your entourage wasn't more sensitive.SCHMUCK

955 days ago
674.

Donna    

There comes a time in our lives where we have to grow up. Being an adult also means respecting other people. Respect should have been given to the HOuston family, period. Bobby didn't show any, plus how can you arrive at a funeral late. LATE, LATE. When you go to a place where most people don't want your presence, you are putting yourself in a situation to get what ever comes your way. That's what Bobby did, so he has to deal with it.

955 days ago
675.

B DAGO    

Rev Jesse Jackson and the Rev Al Sharpton. 2 Media Whores that love News Reporters attendition, Why ask them anything, they weren't spokes persons for the family. those 2 need to get back at the pulput and preach.2 real Bigots and racises

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