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Bobby Brown Files Lawsuit to Stop Biopic From Airing

September 10, 2017

Bobby Brown isn’t about to sit back and let TV One make a mockery of his daughter’s untimely passing by portraying him has a neglectful, abusive dad.

The R&B singer has filed a lawsuit to stop the biopic from airing.

The biopic is set to hit TV One next month and includes scenes of Brown being violent towards Whitney Houston. It also suggests that Mr. Brown does not love his daughter, and is not committed to caring for her.

Bobby claims in a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit that the “defamatory and untrue” film tries to profit off his pain, and he 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.

Brown is played in his daughter’s biopic by Hassan Jonson as a “hard drug user” who neglects his fatherly duties after Whitney 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 his 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. 

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.

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A promo photo included in the lawsuit shows actors depicting a gap-toothed Brown, with a young Bobbi Kristina and 90's era Whitney, sporting a white visor and million dollar smile.