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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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Here's a novel idea, quit blaming all the men that were in her life & blame Whitney!! She's an adult and made all the bad decisions herself. Her family it ridiculous!!! The rest of the world knows the truth!!

854 days ago

angela phelps    

First, it was Bobby Brown, now its Ray J. Whitney was a grown woman. She is responsible for her own actions. I miss Whitney too. But, let's keep it real. Whitney is dead because of the choices she made in life. NO ONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE.

854 days ago


Man, the Houston family is unbelievable! EVERYONE else is to blame, but themselves. That family is full of crack & coke heads. They have known drug dealers in their family. Dionne Warwick has been a known drug addict since the 60's! Bobbi Kristina has been caught on camera snortin' cocaine. She's on the gossip sites today illegally gambling. She's an alcoholic. Must I go on?! How dare they first try to blame their drug addict family's behavior on Bobby Brown, and now Ray J. STFU!!! The Houston family should get a bulk rate on a rehab visit and bus the whole lousy family there for a year! Geez!

854 days ago


All of them are ghetto as hell

854 days ago


she was a drug addict long before Ray J was born... Sounds like Pat likes crack.. She's whack..

854 days ago


Mannn her family got a thing for seats don't they...

854 days ago


Whitney was a drug addict long before Ray J was born. Sounds like Pat doesn't think crack is whack!

854 days ago


Pat was clearly Whitney's drug dealer. For how "close" she claims they were, you KNOW it had to be Pat supplying her with her "medicine." Now Pat is attaching herself to Whitney's beneficiary. . .Bobbi Kristina. Pat's going to be BK's "yes" person now. Pat is a drug dealer; nothing more, nothing less.

854 days ago


With regard to the Norwood family, they have their own set of problems that have nothing to do with Whitney Houston. Years ago, Brandy was texting and driving and killed someone. She got off scott free. Last year, she was filmed by TMZ in her car texting and driving AGAIN!!!! She didn't learn a thing. Disgusting! Ray J is known for peeing on KimWhoreSore in a sex tape. THAT is who the Norwood family is. They were raised by a manager, not a mother. They're all entitled losers. No regard for human life.

854 days ago


There is really only ONE person to blame "WHITNEY" They may want to blames everyone else but in the end it was Whitney herself who chose to drink and do drugs and they can blames Bobbie Brown, Ray J. and whoever else they want but she is the one who controlled her life!!

854 days ago


WOW!!!! Is this why she looked so mean and evil when she stood to accept Whitney's awards...They are CRAZY!!!!!!

854 days ago


I hate Pat

854 days ago


the award was meant for greatness.. am lost as too why pat always has to show her face!..just staying in the light some how and promote herself.. she was a sister in law.. where is whitney's brother and why cant he control his wife.. bobbi did a wonderful job..the family needs to worry about pat she seems like she's the rat

854 days ago


I don't know why they are blaming Ray J for Whitney's behavior. She was a grown woman and she like who she liked. It wasn't his fault.

854 days ago


It always seems to be someone elses fault, never Whittney's, as far as her family is concerned. When you enable people to not be responsible for themselves, you create tragedies like Whittney, Michael Jackson, and the nameless others that destroy their lives with addiction, etc. They all need responsible councling.

854 days ago
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