Bobby Brown Files Lawsuit To Halt ‘Bobbi Kristina’ Biopic
TV One’s forthcoming “Bobbi Kristina” biopic may not see the light of day if Bobby Brown has his way.
The R&B singer has filed a lawsuit to stop the unauthorized film about his daughter’s life and death from airing claiming the movie falsely portrays him as a neglectful, abusive dad.
New York Post reports:
The project, set to hit TV One next month, includes scenes of Brown being “violate [sic] towards Houston,” and suggests Brown “does not love his daughter [and is not] committed to his daughter,” Bobby claims in a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit.
The “defamatory and untrue” film tries to profit off Brown’s pain, insists the “My Prerogative” singer, who denies being abusive to his family.
Bobbi Kristina was just 22-years-old when she was found facedown in a bathtub by her former boyfriend Nick Gordon. She spent six months in a coma before her family removed her from a ventilator.
Gordon was not criminally charged in Bobbi Kristina’s death, but last year a Georgia civil judge found him legally responsible and slapped him with a $36 million judgment after Brown filed a wrongful death suit against him.
Bobby Brown is played in his daughter’s biopic by Hassan Jonson as a “hard drug user” who neglects his fatherly duties after Houston’s 2012 death, in which she was also found unconscious in a bathtub.
Producers Tracey Baker-Simmons and Wanda Shelley unfairly took advantage of their previous work with Brown to make the movie, he charges.
The pair used information from a 2004 Bravo TV reality show, “Being Bobby Brown,” without the crooner’s permission, he alleges in court papers.
Brown is also seeking $1 million damages from the biopic’s production companies, TV One LLC, Simmons Shelley entertainment, and their affiliates. Baker-Simmons and Shelley couldn’t be reached.
TV One isn’t backing down. They “stand by the film and its representation of this period in Bobbi Kristina’s life,” the production company said in a statement to E! News, and producers have already started promoting the film. A promo photo included in the lawsuit shows actors depicting a gap-toothed Brown, with a young Bobbi Kristina and 90s-era Whitney, sporting a white visor and million-watt smile.
“Bobbi Kristina” is slated to premiere next month.
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