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Whitney Houston's Attorney Details Bobby Brown's Early Departure From Funeral

February 23, 2012 (6:37 am) GMT
Mark Trigg, who represents the Houston family, dishes in a radio interview that Bobby did not adhere to the seating arrangements, and broke promise not to reach out to Bobbi Kristina.

's family is sharing their side of the story on 's early departure from the pop icon's funeral. According to the Houston family's attorney, before he left the Saturday, February 18 service, the "My Prerogative" singer broke agreement on seating arrangements and promise not to reach out to daughter Bobbi Kristina.

In a radio interview with "The Frank and Wanda Morning Show" on Atlanta's V103 on Tuesday, Mark Trigg spilled, "We had a number of discussions prior to the service and a very clear understanding as to exactly what was supposed to take place." The attorney then detailed, "There were three rows reserved for the family up front, Bobby was invited to sit in those three rows with the family."

"Bobby has three older children that he also wanted to bring to the service - they were invited, his brother Tommy was invited," Trigg continued on. "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."

However, on the day of the funeral, Bobby and his three children "went and sat in the family section," Trigg recalled. "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.' That was the deal and there shouldn't have been any problem at that point. But for whatever reason, he took offense at that."

Trigg also opened up about the agreement about Bobbi Kristina. "What was asked of him, however, was that if [Bobbi] 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," the lawyer explained.

"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."

Bobby himself has explained about his abrupt exit from the funeral days earlier. In a statement, he said, "My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move."

"Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how."

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