Bobby Brown’s efforts to prevent a television biopic about his late daughter Bobbi Kristina from airing were shut down. The biopic will air as planned on the TV One Network on Sunday at 7 p.m. A New York federal judge has ruled in the Network’s favor. Judge Analisa Torres said Brown’s concerns that the “Bobbi Kristina” film defames him is “speculative” because he has neither seen the film nor read the script, according to the New York Daily News. Bobbi Kristina’s estate also joined the case.
TV One said in a statement. “We are pleased with the court’s ruling and look forward to sharing this poignant look at the life of Bobbi Kristina Brown.”
Brown said he believes the movie casts him in a bad light and perpetrates him as an abusive father. He also claims there are “untrue” scenes that portray him as not loving to his now deceased daughter. The 48-year-old singer also alleges that the production used information they obtained while working with him on his 2004 reality show, “Being Bobby Brown,” and used it in the film without his permission.
But the judge stated that in Brown’s own 2016 autobiography, he admitted to hitting the late Whitney Houston once in the face and doing drugs in front of Bobbi Kristina.
In an interview, former head of TV One Brad Siegel – who left in July, but helped to bring the film to the network, said he believed the TV movie portrayed Brown fairly.
There is still a $2 million defamation case against TV One which will move forward.
A hearing is scheduled for November 13.
It’s only been two years since the untimely death of Whitney Houston’s and Bobby Brown’s only daughter. Bobbi Kristina Brown died tragically in July 2015, following a six month medically-induced coma after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta home. Her death is still being investigated.
While the film’s main focus is to give Bobbi Kristina a voice and to humanize her, the emotional biopic also reveals the layers of complicated and often co-dependent relationships Bobbi Kristina (Joy Rovaris takes on the role of Bobbi) endured with her father, Bobby Brown (played by Hassan Johnson), her mom Whitney Houston portrayed by (Demetria McKinney) and boyfriend Nick Gordon played by (Nadji Jeter). The film came under intense scrutiny by Bobby Brown however, it is no secret that some of the script came right from his own book, which he penned in back 2016 called Every Little Step. The ill-fated reality show Being Bobby Brown was utilized in the film as well.
“Bobbi Kristina’s high-profile life—and untimely death—may have been shrouded in mystery, but no one really knew her as an individual and what we did know was not good. This film however, seeks to reveal her humorous side, her deepest fears and longings,” the network said in a statement when the movie was announced. “This film explores her fight to be seen, heard, loved and to survive.”
Vivica A. Fox, who plays Pat Houston in the biopic, says she spoke to Brown. Fox told ABC News. “And my reaction to him was, ‘Bobby, give it a chance. Trust me. Knowing that the majority of the cast knows you — has respect and love for you and Whitney — we’re not going to do nothing to make you look bad.”
Hassan Johnson, who plays Brown in the film, agreed with Fox, adding that Brown should understand that the film comes from “a place of love … and … respect.”
I believe the lawsuit only fueled the public’s desire and interest in this upcoming biopic and as a result it will probably garner a much larger audience from all the media attention it has gotten. This is definitely a must watch!
Bobbi Kristina will officially premiere Sunday, October 8th at 7 p.m. on TV One and E.
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