What Really Happened
Whitney Houston's lawyer is telling the family's version of why Bobby Brown abruptly left his ex-wife's funeral. Who do you believe?
Why did Bobby Brown leave Whitney Houston's funeral, for real? We heard his version of the story -- now hear it from an actual voice of reason.
Whitney's lawyer gave all the details to an Atlanta radio show, and his side of the story sounds pretty reasonable, actually.
"There were three rows reserved for the family up front, Bobby was invited to sit in those three rows with the family," attorney Mark Trigg explained on The Frank and Wanda Morning Show. "Bobby has three older children that he also wanted to bring to the service -- they were invited, his brother Tommy was invited. The understanding was -- and the agreement was -- that the three children would sit with Tommy, a few rows behind the family, while Bobby was permitted to sit in those three rows with scarce seating, with the family."
The trouble started when Brown brought his three kids to the front to sit with him instead of sending them back to sit with their uncle as previously agreed.
"He and the three children went and sat in the family section. When that happened, security discreetly, politely, respectfully said, 'Bobby, you're welcome to stay here, but we need to ask the three children to please go sit with their uncle given space limitations,'" Trigg said. "That was the deal and there shouldn't have been any problem… At that point, for whatever reason, he took offense at that and at that point, tried to get [Bobbi Kristina] to intervene."
That caused another issue: The agreement also stated that Brown could only have contact with Bobbi Kristina if the teen initiated it herself.
"The other part of our agreement, prior to the service, was… if Bobbi Kristina reached out to Bobby, tried to initiate any contact with him, security was certainly going to make sure that happened," Trigg said. "What was asked of him, however, was that if she didn't initiate that contact, for whatever reason, with whatever was going on in her head and heart and spirit that day, if she didn't initiate the contact, then he was not to reach out for her."
"Unfortunately, that didn't happen either and when he went to interact with her, that's when security said, 'We would ask you to please go to your seat, please have your children sit with their uncle and let's not have any unnecessary drama here.' That's the point where he, for whatever reason, decided that he wanted to just leave the service," Trigg explained.
Brown left the church shortly before the funeral began, and later released a statement saying he was asked to move three times and decided to excuse himself from the service rather than cause a scene.
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