Bobby Brown has been over protective in the past about his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston’s death in 2012, so it’s no surprise that Deadline reports that he’s suing both Showtime and BBC over the 2017 documentary that he says includes unseen footage that he never approved of.

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“The film contains footage that Brown and [his late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown] has never consented to have released,” the suit, which was filed Tuesday (Nov. 27) in New York District Court, reads. “Brown and [his late daughter] appear in the film for a substantial period of time, in excess of thirty (30) minutes. … Brown never signed or executed a release for the airing of the material that appears in the film.”

Brown filed the suit against the two companies responsible for the film, Whitney: Can I Be Me, because it uses unauthorized footage. “The film contains images of [Brown’s] other children, Landon Brown, Robert ‘Bobby’ Brown Jr. and LaPrincia Brown as minor children,” the suit also mentions. “Brown never consented to have his children appear in the film Can I Be Me and his children never consented.”


The documentary debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival before airing on Showtime in the States and the BBC in the UK soon thereafter. It was later sold to different markets, outstandingly Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands without express consent from Brown. He’s looking for more than $2 million in damages.