Film Fridays – [Update] Judge rules in favor of Bobbi Kristina biopic, denies Bobby Brown’s request to block film

TV One’s biopic of Bobbi Kristina Brown was given the ​OK to air on Oct. 8 after a judge knocked down a request by Brown’s father, singer Bobby Brown, to block the film, which he claims falsely depicts him as a bad dad and abusive husband.

Manhattan federal ​J​udge 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. ​​

The judge also took issue with Brown’s complaints that the film might be defamatory even if it does depict him as a bad dad who hit his ex-wife, Whitney Houston — noting that he admitted to having once “smacked” the songbird in his 2016 autobiography.

“Whether Bobby Brown was a bad father is a matter of opinion,” the judge said. She then quoted part of a line from Brown’s memoir “Every Little Step,” in which he says, “I turned around to her, drew back my hand, and smacked her (Houston) across the face” — a moment he said he quickly regretted.

The “My Prerogative” singer’s $2 million defamation lawsuit against TV One will still move forward, however, with the next conference scheduled for Nov. 13th.

In addition to trying to stop the film, Brown claims producers from a 2004 Bravo TV reality show, “Being Bobby Brown,” improperly used information from that film without the crooner’s permission.

– Excerpt from the New York Post by Kaja Whitehouse. Full article found here

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