By NICK CHILES
Whitney Houston’s family attorney said that Bobby Brown violated a prior agreement by trying to speak to his and Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, during Saturday’s funeral at New Hope Baptist Church, Whitney’s childhood church in Newark, New Jersey.
The questions swirling around Brown’s sudden departure from the funeral services are leaving a painful, ugly aftertaste—which is especially unfortunate considering how beautiful, moving and inspiring the ceremony was.
In an interview on Atlanta’s V-103 radio station, the Houston family’s lawyer provided more details surrounding the incident, which was the departure seen around the world. Ironically, though he claimed that he left the church to avoid a scene, Brown wound up causing quite a bit of a scene.
In an attempt to clarify what happened on Saturday afternoon, Mark Trigg, the family attorney, said that Brown had agreed that he wouldn’t approach Bobbi Kristina unless she reached out to him first. The agreement also stipulated that while Brown could sit in the first three rows with Whitney’s family, Brown’s other children were supposed to sit in the back with their uncle. But Brown wanted all of his children to sit with him, and he also tried to approach Bobbi Kristina to comfort her—prompting security to move in.
Security “discretely, politely, respectfully asked the children to sit with their uncle,” Trigg told WVEE-FM in Atlanta, according to a report on the website, reddingnewsreview.com.
When Brown tried to go to Bobbi Kristina to comfort her, “he was asked to return to his seat,” Trigg said. “He decided that he wanted to leave the service.”
The lawyer acknowledged that it was a difficult day and that anyone could exercise poor judgment under such trying circumstances.
Many of us who have been through deaths in our families can confirm that death usually does not bring out the best in any of us. We just hope that the family and Bobby can bring the controversy over his dramatic departure to an end—or at least remove the dispute from the public realm and make it a private matter, where it belongs.
(And speaking of the Houston family, we just heard that they are selling the video rights to her funeral. While there is so much we could say, we seem to have been rendered, uh, speechless…)
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