Bobby Brown’s Lawsuit Over Whitney Houston Documentary Dismissed

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Bobby Brown and the estate of Kristina Bobbi Brown’s 2018 lawsuit today against BBC and Showtime over the 2017 Whitney Houston documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me has been dismissed, THR reports. The lawsuit claims that Brown never consented to have his likeness appear in the film and claimed he never signed a release for the film to utilize footage from the 2005 reality TV series “Being Bobby Brown.” Brown sued for $2 million and an injunction to end the film’s distribution.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that the film is protected under the First Amendment and said that Brown didn’t need to give his permission to have his likeness featured in the movie. As for the allegedly unauthorized footage, the judge declined to exercise federal jurisdiction over those claims. Brown could potentially pursue that claim in a state court.

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