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Whitney's Family Demands

Ray J Move ... Or Else

5/21/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray J
was almost physically removed from the Billboard Music Awards last night after angry members of Whitney Houston's family ordered their security to get him away from them ... TMZ has learned.

Pat Houston's blood was boiling because she, Bobbi Kristina and other family members were seated next to Ray J, the person Pat believes was a very bad influence on Whitney. Minutes before the tribute to Whitney, Pat asked her security to remove Ray J from his seat, but he refused to budge.

Our sources say ... Pat's security summoned hotel security, along with several uniformed officers to physically remove Ray J. 

Just before push was about to come to shove, security warned Pat that things would likely get physical and it would almost certainly be caught on video, just as Whitney was about to be honored.  Sources say Pat then grudgingly recanted and Ray J kept his seat.

For his part, Ray J groused to friends, "Pat ruined what was a great opportunity to honor the woman who I loved."


11:40 AM PDT -- A rep for the Houston family tells TMZ ... Pat's assistant DID ask for Ray J to be moved from his seat ... but only after an official from Billboard told the family they needed to move to the seat that Ray J was already using.

Since Ray J had a ticket with the proper seat number, he refused to budge ... so Pat's assistant called for security to help sort out the situation.

The Houston family rep insists Pat does not have a problem with Ray J.


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Whitney was a big girl and made her OWN thoughtless one else. Pay more attention to the still living daughter and the questionable decisions she is making before it's too late for her as well.......

864 days ago


Wasn't Whitney 50? Why is anyone blaming anyone else but Whitney for her death? This is what is wrong with America, no one EVER takes responsibility for their actions. She was a drug addict, it caught up with her. Don't blame Bobby, don't blame Ray-J, blame HER!!!!!!!!

864 days ago


WHITNEY HOUSTON LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON KILLED HERSELF PERIOD!! Why continue to blame others? Houston was not a child but a grown woman who made her own decisions..

864 days ago


Please Ray stay away from Whitney's FAMILY Please Ok. LOL

864 days ago


Shut up fat Pat you are just as bad as Ray J and all the hangers on in poor Whitney's life. You were seen with Whitney the last picture of her alive coming out of a club with her where she looked drunk and high so stop acting like you cared about Whitney so much because you didn't. If you really cared about her you would made sure she was nowhere near clubs or places where drugs and alcohol are around but instead you were taking her there and not protecting her. I believe she was probably the one even getting her the drugs just like Ray J they wanted her to be out of her mind so they could control her and her money. Shes a famewhore and shady and just needs to go away shes not even related to Whitney Houston.

864 days ago


Who do they think they are to have the right to make someone leave or move from a place that they just as much have the right to be in attendance. I couldn't be a celebrity there is no way I would have just sat there and took that kind of treatment.

864 days ago


I'm sorry, but the Houston family sound like a bunch of people in serious denial. They have literally blamed everyone else for Whitney's problems EXCEPT for Whitney. She was in her 40's and WELL capable of making her own choices. Why do they keep blaming everyone else. One day they're really going to have to face facts and accept that Whitney Houston was responsible for her own problems.

864 days ago


They continue to blame everyone but their DRUG ADDICTED daughter. They make themselves look foolish. They aren't in charge of everyone else at every function they attend. Stay the hell home if you're going to argue at every one.

864 days ago


Its amazing that now Whitney has (unfortunately) dies, her family are pointing fingers every which way to blame others for Whitney’s downfall. I’m sorry, while I can understand that they are still in mourning, what where they all doing when she was alive! Stop blaming everyone else! Whitney was just as responsible as well as you all!

864 days ago


I loved Whitney. She was a big part of me teen years. But this family has got to stop blaming everyone else for her addictions. They need to see who the real problem was...Whitney. No one forced her to do the drugs and alcohol, she could have always said no, and made the right choice. She had the money for the best treatment, but she chose to keep using. That is her fault and no one elses.

864 days ago


Why the F was Ray J even there?? I don't blame him for Whitney's problems b/c she was an adult, but I do think he is trash point blank period, he is irrelevant. Pat shouldn't have even been on that stage at all!!!

864 days ago


So let me get this straight, now Ray J is to blame for everything that went wrong with WH.The sympathy I had for this family is rapidly disappearing.This is very sad to say and no disrespect, but the only people who are to blame for WH death is WH her self and all the people around her who didn't care enough or have enough guts to say NO to her.Instead of wasting time pointing fingers at everyone else, this is energy that needs to be spent on Bobbi K, watching HER, protecting HER, doing whats best for HER; but every since WH death, her so-called family has come out like a bunch of rabid jackals trying to get attention anyway they can. At least WH had an excuse for her behavior, she was an ADDICT; but her family are just a bunch of selfish, opportunistic, greedy SON of B------. I feel so sorry for Bobbi K because if these are the people that are going to be looking after her, she's going to wind up in an early grave just like her mother.

864 days ago


WTH! Whitney was grown woman!!

864 days ago


Did Ray J pee on Whitney too?

864 days ago


This family needs to be physically removed to a distant undisclosed location so that nobody has to hear about their annoying @ss antics ever again! They just want to continue to stir up sh*t so they can be in the spotlight. Pathetic.

864 days ago
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