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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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And I speak this from experience of being an enabler and treatin my grown,fam member like a child, thats just going thru a phase, all bcuz I didnt want 2 accept it but it didnt take me years!!!! I finally said u r on ure own if u dont want the help!!! I will NOT fund ur addiction anymore!! In Whitney's case, she obviously didnt know how to do alot of things without assistance, so they couldve said, get help, or we quit!!! Thats called TOUGH LOVE!!!!!

850 days ago


I cannot stand Pat Houston. Whitney's mother and daughter should have accepted that award last night. Whitney loved Ray J and Pat has no right to control seating at the Billboard Awards. On Oprah they showcased Pat's daughter's horrible piano playing and Whitney's brother's horrible singing.

850 days ago


so this woman thinks she is in control of the world cause her drunkin drug user died.and the police and security was gona forcably move some one who has legal rights.typical cops for hire

850 days ago


Whitney was not a goddess, she was a drug abuser who blamed everyone else for her problems. And obviously her family was her biggest enablers!

850 days ago


Wow. Too bad Whitney's not alive to enjoy all the publicity her death has generated.

850 days ago


Who the H E L L is Pat? You managed her career (not too well). You are not the boss of the world. Get over yourself STAT.

850 days ago


Who the hell does she think she is...Remove Bobby from the funeral, remove Ray J from the awards show..You should have removed yourself from Whitney she died on YOUR WATCH!!!!!

850 days ago


Seriously---what are these 2 losers doing there anyway? Brandy is a murderer who literally got away with it and Ray J is living off his sleazy show and taht certain tape....Real classy bro/sis duo right here....

850 days ago


I'm pretty sick of the entire Houston family. They all seem to be trying to grab headlines. Her mother. Her sister in law. Her daughter. Bunch of media whores.

850 days ago


Whitney was hitting the pipe while Ray J was still in diapers. Your daughter was a drug addict, plain and simple.

850 days ago


Boy, that's rich! Pat GARLAND (her husband, Gary, is NOT a HOUSTON!) allowed that shady s***bag, Raffles DAWSON (not Van Exel!) into her midst and she's gonna complain about Ray J?!!? Whitney's inner-circle was a den of vipers and she was too out of it to even notice. Sad.

850 days ago


I cannot stomach this woman Pat Houston...Just who in the hell does she think she is....granted Ray J. is no saint, and he never claimed to be, but for God's sake let the man sit wherever the hell he wants..Whitney, may she r.i.p. was a drug addict before she met Ray J. and Bobby Brown...stop putting the blame on everyone...she knew exactly what she was doing while she lived, and that WAS TAKING HER DRUGS< THAT TOOK HER OWN LIFE>>>>>PERIOD>>>>>>

850 days ago


Ok, first Bobby Brown is the bad influence now Ray J is the bad influence. I love Whitney Houston and I'm starting to see one key reason she wasn't able to get clean and stay clean, he family placing blame on everybody but on the person who deserved it. Whitney's friends says she was using before she met Bobby. And on other note, Ray J, unlike Pat Houston, is a recording artist. Maybe not the best recording artist but still, if anybody should have left it should have been her. The producers only wanted Bobbi Kristina anyway.

850 days ago


Seems to me that this Pat was an enabler for Whitney. Since she was around her most of the time she was well aware of what she was doing. Perhaps Pat even helped secure the alcohol, drugs and whatever else Whitney needed to get by. She has had a lot of control over things in years past and she thinks she still deserves that. Making her the executor of the estate was not the best idea from what I can see, she's really in it for herself more that anything. She's phony to me in all her interviews etc.....

850 days ago


Amazing how a family needs a scapegoat and someone ELSE to blame because in no way could Whitney ever be responsible for what she chose to do to herself.

Always having to blame someone else.

It also is unreal how dysfunctional this Houston family is, always needing drama, always making things about themselves, rather then just gathering together with all who Whitney loved, to honor her music.

Nope, gotta always make it about themselves and grab a headline or two and some $ along the way, all the while blaming someone else for Whitney's chosen behavior that took her life.

Never the addicts fault, ugh, but IT IS!

850 days ago
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