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.
Family BATTLES Over
Billboard Tribute Award
5/20/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's sister-in-law -- Pat Houston -- is waging war against Bobbi Kristina because she desperately wants to accept Whitney's Billboard Music Award on her behalf ... and only BK is standing in her way.
Sources closes to the situation tell TMZ ... Pat is trying to force herself into the spotlight by accepting Whitney's Millenium Award at the ceremony in Las Vegas tonight ... and producers of the show are pissed.
We're told the show really wants BK to accept the award and make the speech on the late singer's behalf ... but Pat won't stand for it and is making life hell for them as she tries to worm her way into the segment.
Sources tell us ... the show's producers feel BK is the best choice to represent Whitney's legacy and they're convinced Pat is simply exploiting the situation to get publicity for her upcoming reality show.
Song for Whitney Houston
'Don't Let Me Die'
5/17/2012 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bobby Brown has debuted a new song he wrote about life since Whitney Houston's death ... in which Bobby admits he "messed up pretty bad" and begs his late ex-wife ... "Don't let me die."
An emotional Brown -- sporting sunglasses and leather pants -- performed the song on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" ... featuring the lyrics, "I didn’t realize that every breath I took was from you ... You were my air.”
Brown also sings,"I guess I messed up pretty bad ... I didn’t know who you were ... I didn’t know what we had. Now I’m stuck living in the past ... trying to get the pieces back ... but I guess now you’re gone."
Brown is releasing the song on his new album, which drops in June ... just 4 months after Whitney died.
Whitney Houston's Friend
Threatening Legal Action
Over Drug Dealer Claims
5/17/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One 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.
I Wanted Bobbi Kristina
on MY Reality Show!
5/12/2012 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Bobby Brown didn't sound too supportive of Bobbi Kristina doing a reality show with Whitney's family ... it's because Bobby wanted his daughter on his upcoming reality show ... sources close to BB tell TMZ.
According to our sources, Bobby has no problem with Bobbi K doing a reality show ... and he has been trying to get her to appear on his show for months. But our sources say that was NEVER going to happen.
We're told Bobbi K has cut off all lines of communication with Bobby, so he's been calling Pat Houston (Whitney's sister-in-law/manager) in an effort to reach out to Bobbi. Our sources say Bobbi never even considered doing her father's show and the rest of the family feels Bobby was only trying to use her to make his upcoming show more marketable.
Our sources say Bobby found out about the Houston family show yesterday like everyone else did.
Whitney Houston's Mom
Reality Show Could Launch
Bobbi Kristina's Career
5/12/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's mother is telling friends ... she fully supports the idea of a family reality show because she believes the exposure will be GREAT for Bobbi Kristina's singing career.
As we previously reported, the family just inked a TV deal with Lifetime to star in a reality show that will follow Whitney's relatives in the wake of the singer's untimely death.
Houston family sources tell TMZ ... Cissy Houston knows BK shares Whitney's passion for music ... and she believes a reality show could be the perfect place to showcase Bobbi's talent.
We're told ... Cissy also believes a reality show will "help with the healing process" by "keeping the family as one."
Cissy also likes the fact that her "extended family" will be making money from the deal.
But don't expect Kardashian-style antics on the Houston show -- producers are suggesting it will have a more serious tone ... at least for now.
Whitney Houston's Family
Signs Reality Show Deal
5/11/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina -- and several of her relatives -- have signed a deal to star in a reality show for Lifetime called "The Houston Family Chronicles."
The show will focus on Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat’s daughter Rayah, Whitney’s brother Gary, and Whitney's mother Cissy.
Lifetime's EVP, Rob Sharenow says, "In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow."
So we gotta ask ...
'I Wasn't the One
that Got Whitney on Drugs'
5/2/2012 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bobby Brown says he isn't to blame for Whitney Houston's deadly drug habit ... claiming, "That was part of her life BEFORE we got together."
Brown just appeared on the "Today" show ... and told Matt Lauer, "I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney ... I smoked weed and drank beer ... but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs ... I'm not the reason she's gone."
Clearly, Brown doesn't consider marijuana to be a narcotic ... even though the U.S. Govt does.
Still, Brown says he hasn't touched "narcotics" in 7 years ... and says he was "hurt" to learn Whitney had been using again in her final days ... saying, "I know she was struggling with it still."
Brown concluded, "I can honestly say I love that woman with everything I am ... I believe she loved me the same way."
Whitney Houston's Sister-in-Law
Thank God ... The Case Is Closed
4/11/2012 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston tells TMZ, she's relieved the singer's death investigation is finally over.
Pat and Whitney's brother Gary just landed at LAX -- hours after the Beverly Hills Police Dept. concluded its investigation into Whitney's death, deciding once and for all ... foul play was NOT involved.
We asked Pat and Gary if the BHPD's findings brought them closure ... and if they were happy the case has finally been closed -- Pat said yes.
Bottom line, the BHPD decided Whitney died from accidental drowning ... and that's that.
The 911 Call
'Apparently She's Not Breathing'
4/11/2012 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed moments after Whitney Houston's body was discovered in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11.
The caller -- who IDs himself as a member of the Beverly Hilton security team -- informs the 911 operator about a "46-year-old female found in the bathroom."
He adds, "I'm not sure if she fell or if she was in the bathroom with the water."
The caller says he was alerted to the situation by an "irate" woman who called security from the room ... but he couldn't get much info from her because she kept hanging up.
The security member -- who never identifies Whitney by name -- tells the operator he was under the impression the 46-year-old woman was not breathing.
The 911 operator says emergency personnel would be dispatched to the hotel ASAP ... but it was too late.
As we previously reported, Whitney's official cause of death is listed as "accidental drowning" -- but heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. According to the final autopsy report, Whitney may have overdosed.
According to the L.A. County Coroner, Whitney's chronic use of the drug caused a narrowing of her arteries, which resulted in a cardiac event before her death.
No Foul Play in Death
4/11/2012 9:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning, and there was no foul play involved, according to the Beverly Hills Police Dept. which just closed the case.
The BHPD has been investigating Whitney's death since Feb 11 -- 2 months ago to the day.
As we reported, the BHPD never believed anyone took cocaine from her hotel room because they found the cocaine residue and powder inside Whitney's room at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
Cocaine was a contributing factor in the singer's death ... so says the L.A. County Coroner.
TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed moments after Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel -- click here for the audio.
Bobbi Kristina Wants to Play
Her in Biopic
4/9/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With reports Rihanna wants to play Whitney Houston should there ever be a biopic about the legendary singer -- Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is telling friends there is only one person that can play that role ... HER.
According to our sources, Bobbi feels she is the perfect person to play the part of Whitney ... telling friends that no one knew her better.
Our sources say BK feels that if Easy E's son can play him in a movie, she can do it too.
So if such a project ever develops, the producers can expect a call from Bobbi Kristina.
Whitney Houston's Sister-in-Law
No Foul Play
4/5/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's sister-in-law has backed off her insinuation that Whitney Houston died as a result of foul play.
Pat Houston was at LaGuardia Airport early this AM when our photog asked her if she believed foul play was involved, and she said no.
You'll recall ... Pat told Oprah she did not know how Whitney ended up in the tub, suggesting her death was something other than an accident. It's unclear if Pat knew that Whitney's body was found face down in the tub and if that's why she had doubts at the time.
The L.A. County Coroner concluded Whitney's death was an accident, and Pat now says she concurs.