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Whitney Houston's Friend

Threatening Legal Action

Over Drug Dealer Claims

5/17/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0516_raffles-van-exel-with-whitney-houston_pcnOne of Whitney Houston's close friends -- a mysterious man who's been widely accused of supplying the singer with coke before her death -- is declaring war on media outlets that ran with the drug story ... and now, he's on a crusade to clear his name.

The friend -- an enigmatic celebrity sidekick named Raffles van Exel -- tells us, he is "neither the architect nor the culprit of the sudden demise of Whitney Houston."

Raffles was with Whitney in the hours before she died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in February -- and there were widespread reports strongly insinuating he was the singer's secret cocaine supplier.

There were other reports suggesting Van Exel was also the one who snapped the infamous picture of Whitney's body in a coffin ... and sold it to a tabloid newspaper.

But for the first time ever, Van Exel is adamantly denying all the reports -- and has begun taking aggressive legal steps to save his reputation.

Van Exel has started firing off cease and desist letters to media outlets reporting any nefarious connection between him and Whitney's death -- demanding full retractions asap ... or else.

Van Exel -- who describes himself as a "private consultant to the stars" -- has also been linked to Michael Jackson around the time of the singer's 2005 molestation trial, as well as jazz legend George Benson.

No one really knows who he is or what he does.

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1.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Looking for some deeper pockets to get into as the money ain't flowing into the 'estate' like the family's used to and so alternate streams of income must be created and generated. See=Jackson Family and that reality show they pumped out trying to cash in on Michael although maybe that's what they want, who knows. I would want my family to cash in if they wanted to or were able to, so why not them.

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My Big Salami    

What kinda name is Raffles?... Who would name their kid that? Are his siblings named, Bingo, Keno, Lotto, Jackpot, Uno and Monopoly?

797 days ago
3.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

From that look on Whitney's face he must have had some coke behind his ear because she is in hoover mode.

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4.

Hunter    

seriously, this guy is a mooch!! I bet he did get WH drugs, he is a low life. Ask George Benson what he really thinks of this guy! haha To many of us know the real truth with this guy and Van Exel is not his real name either. He needs to go back to where he came from, but oh thats right Tohme Tohme needs a goffer, aka a fall guy so when he is caught Van Exel will go down.

797 days ago
5.

Tye    

He's just looking for a big pay day. It's no secret why & for what reason he was in nippy's inner circle. Come on son we all know you got good sh*t.

797 days ago
6.

shiela    

Stop blaming everyone else, if she wanted to be sober she would of gotten help. She had no intention of getting sober and she damn well had enough money to do so.

797 days ago
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parlayer    

Those drugs had to come from somewhere, although Whitney has to take resopnsibilty for her own choices. is it the gun of the evil shooter.

797 days ago
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Lori    

No one? Harvey, think very hard. Might you know a bit more about Raffles than you are saying?

797 days ago
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Chase    

His real name is Raffles Dawson, NOT van Exel, and he was basically run out of the Netherlands for being such a well-known con-artist. He's been deported from America SIX TIMES. He also has a video on Youtube about how to con your way to a celebrity's (however D-list they may be) inner-circle.

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10.

Loydssss    

"Personal Consultant to the Stars" = drug dealer

797 days ago
11.

Truth    

OH PLEASE... AS IF TMZ DOESNT KNOW. RAFFLES DAWSON (DUDE HAS 11 ALIASES, 4 DIFFERENT ADDRESSES AND IS A DRUG DEALER TO THE STARS ESP. BLACK CELEBS) HAS BEEN TMZ'S SNITCH ON WHITNEY HOUSTON STORIES OVER THE LAST 4 YRS. NOW HARVEY IS PLAYING INNOCENT. HIS CRIMINAL RECORD (2 ARRESTS IN TEXAS FOR FRAUD, FORGERY, STEALING, SHOPLIFTING) IS POSTED EVERYWHERE. HIS REP IS DONE AND NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL. READ JACKY JASPER AND ROGER FRIEDMAN ARTICLES ON THIS IDIOT. #TRUTH!!

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12.

Truth    

EVERYTHING WRITTEN ABOUT THIS SH*THEAD IS ALREADY OUT THERE ON THE NET. TOO LATE NOW TO GET LEGAL REPRESENTATION, LOL!! I BET IT TOOK 3 MOS TO ANY LAWYER WHO WOULD REP HIS LYING A$$. #TRUTH!!

797 days ago
13.

SamSamIsCool    

Believe me, Harvey knows exactly who Raffles it. That's why you all have been so mum on him since Whitney's death. You know what they say- what's done in the dark always comes to light.

797 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

..We know who he is - he is the s*** of the Earth.
..We know what he does - he leaches off of people, supplies them what they cannot or will not go out and get on their own - drugs, young boys, whatever they are willing to pay for.
..We know when this will cease and desist - when this lowlife piece of garbage is dead and in his grave.

797 days ago
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MGP    

It's strange that the internet has so many reports of Harvey Levin's association with this guy as an informant. I was able to find tons of information about this guy being an escort, drug dealer, etc. He's had contact with TONS of famous people for years. Why is Harvey posting this when he obviously knows much more about him?? Maybe he's trying to help clear his friend's name? Harvey??

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