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Billboard Awards Showdown

Whitney's Family Demands

Ray J Move ... Or Else

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

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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."

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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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106.

shewentwhoa    

Pot calling kettle black, much? I'm sure her family turned a blind eye and knew about her continuous drug use up until she died.

830 days ago
107.

jayman419    

Pat Houston is a ****ing s***bag. The least she could do is own her terrible behavior, instead of hiding behind PR doublespeak.

830 days ago
108.

jayman419    

skumbag, then.

830 days ago
109.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Somebody with some sense needs to investigate Pat and look deeper into her because something about her simply doesn't add up. I do not trust her one bit!!!

830 days ago
110.

GangstaDiva    

Why is her family BLAMING EVERYONE BUT WHITNEY HERSELF! She was a GROWN woman that KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING! Get over it! Your DAUGHTER was DRUG ADDICT!!!!!!!!!

830 days ago
111.

Marla    

The Houston family namely Pat needs to get real. He was a young man who befriended her and they should be glad any man would look at her with her history as a crack addict. It's taboo. But he did when other men denounced being linked to her. To my knowledge, Ray J is not a drug dealer or user. They will blame anyone rather than accept their beloved had at least one weakness and it was a deadly one unfortunately.

829 days ago
112.

Marie    

Pat is a leech. She should be removed from the family. She has too much control in this family.

829 days ago
113.

Mels    

Dignity, you're so right Texan, that's the missing ingredient in all of these events.

829 days ago
114.

Carl    

Pat is a piece of work.

829 days ago
115.

Haley Q    

Notice how everyone was a bad influence on Whitney states her family except Whitney...??? I guess she was never the cause of any of her own problems. Total bs.

829 days ago
116.

Gatanegra    

Stop blaming everybody else for Whitney's choices!

829 days ago
117.

MeMe    

WHAT REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY GETS ME IS, WHILE THE "FAM" IS LOOKING AT EVERYONE ELSE AS PPL WHO'VE MISLEAD OR MISLED BOBBI KRIS OR WHITNEY (CLEARS THROAT, AHEM, BOBBY BROWN AND RAY J), MOFOs NEED TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND SEE IT'S NOT THE OUTSIDE WORLD THAT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT, IT'S THOSE WHO WERE CLOSE TO WHITNEY.... THIS IS NOTHING BUT A DIVERSION TO TAKE EYES OFF THOSE "CLOSEST" TO WHITNEY... AHEM, THOSE THAT WORKED WITH/FOR HER... THIS CRAP IS SICKENING AT MOST... WHO GIVES A ##%# IF YOU LIKE RAY J OR BOBBY BROWN OR NOT, WHITNEY WAS A GROWN WOMAN WHO MADE HER OWN DECISIONS... AND IF SHE WAS OK WITH RAY J/BOBBY BROWN, THEN PLS GET OVER YOUR BULL CRAP, PAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTT!!! SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE. #moneyhungryAzzfakinghumility

829 days ago
118.

Celestine    

That was a special time for everyone who loved Whitney, he had a relationship with her and he wanted to share in the joy, so he really didn't need to move his seat. He had a right to be there to show his support for her being honored.

829 days ago
119.

TheTruth    

...and once again TMZ, you did not bother to investigate the truth prior to printing the exaggerated lie. Then your retraction is labled "an update"? Come on Mr. Levin, your once very reputable news organization is morphing into nothing nore than another National Enquirer. What a shame......

829 days ago
120.

Julius Maloney    

How about you use your powers for good. I have not liked Pat Houston since Whitney's funeral, and having since become the unofficial voice for the Houston family. Oh look you have. Reality show 3 monts after Whitney's death and playing the diva at Billboard awards... Because Gary didn't have his own issues with addiction??? Riding coatails much...

829 days ago
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