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Bobby Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI in the Valley

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown was arrested on suspicion of DUI just after noon Monday in the San Fernando Valley.

Officers pulled over Whitney Houston's ex-husband in Reseda for talking on his cellphone, then administered a field sobriety test, a California Highway Patrol spokesman told L.A. Now.

Brown allegedly blew more than the 0.8 legal limit on a Breathalyzer test and was taken to the Van Nuys jail, TMZ reported. He has a DUI on his record from Georgia in 1996.

The singer, on tour with New Edition and who infamously made headlines in February when he left Houston's funeral just as it began, was reportedly released on bail after about two hours. New Edition's next show is scheduled for Thursday in St. Louis.

The arrest comes just days after coroner's officials revealed a cause of death for Houston: accidental drowning, with cocaine use exacerbating a heart condition.


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Photo: Bobby Brown in concert with New Edition in Connecticut the night of Feb. 18, the same day his ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral was held. Credit: Joe Giblin / Associated Press.


Bobby Brown at Whitney's funeral: What went on inside the church?

Bobby Brown left Whitney Houston's funeral as it began.

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Bobby Brown made news Saturday by leaving ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral just as it was beginning -- and on Monday word came via CNN about what happened with the singer and his guests inside the church.

Raelyn Johnson, who according to the network was the only journalist in the church, had an interesting take on things, saying that she'd seen Brown enter and that he "was not the only celebrity who had musical chairs going on." She assumed that, looking distraught, he'd moved to the balcony where he could have more privacy. In fact, Brown wound up leaving the building.

"If you were in that church," Johnson said, "no one on the inside of that church knew that Bobby Brown was having any sort of drama."

Updated 11:52 a.m. Feb. 22: The Associated Press also had journalists reporting from inside the church. 

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She pointed out that at that sort of Baptist funeral, there are "strict protocols" about seating in the first few rows with the family: Those who wish to sit there must enter with the casket or, if the body is already in the church, must proceed in with the family, after the rest of the guests have been seated. Brown did not do that.

Johnson said that Brown entered the church with three other people, one of them his wife, and not a larger entourage as had been previously reported. However, when it came to being moved, "He was not singled out," Johnson said -- as more VIPs arrived, security relocated many guests.

"My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston," Brown said Saturday in a statement. "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 continued 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. ... I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how."

Brown played a concert with New Edition at the Mohegan Sun Arena Connecticut on Saturday night, and at Prudential Hall in Newark on Sunday.

Watch the CNN chat with Johnson, below.


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Bobby Brown leaves church as ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral begins

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Photo: Singer Bobby Brown, left, with his guests outside New Hope Baptist Church during the funeral of ex-wife Whitney Houston in Newark, N.J., on Saturday. Credit: Mel Evans / Associated Press

Bobby Brown leaves church as Whitney Houston's funeral begins

Bobby Brown leaves Whitney Houston's funeral service

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Bobby Brown was invited to the funeral of Whitney Houston on Saturday, but he left shortly after the "home going" service began, reportedly over a seating dispute.

Brown's invite was for him plus two guests, but he showed up with an entourage of nine, according to TMZ, which said the singer became upset when the entire party could not be seated. Sources told the website that Brown wanted to sit with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

[Updated at 1:25 p.m. Feb. 18: Brown's rep has released a statement indicating that he and his children were invited, seated by security and then asked to move three times. "I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move," he said in the statement, adding that he was prevented from attempting to see Bobbi Kristina.

"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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Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston's only child, was seated in the front row of the New Hope Baptist Church, where speakers and singers repeatedly addressed her and Cissy Houston directly during the nearly four-hour service.

According to CNN, Brown had entered the church, gone up to the casket and was crying over his ex-wife, but left in an SUV about 10 minutes into the service. Sources told CNN he chose to leave when his entourage could not be accommodated inside the church.

Following the service, Jesse Jackson told CNN  that he'd tried to get Brown to stay after the singer and several members of his entourage were asked to leave the front row. "That was a very difficult moment for all of us."

"It seems to me that they could have accommodated him better than they did," Jackson said.

Tweeting from outside the church, the Rev. Al Sharpton said, "I am at Whitney's funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney! I am going back in the services, I did my best out here. Can't tweet from inside the sanctuary, I hope the press will not distort the day."

After the service, Sharpton told CNN that Brown had shown nothing but respect, and asked that the singer be left alone.


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Photo: Bobby Brown is escorted to a vehicle during the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston in New Jersey on Saturday. Credit: Mel Evans / Associated Press

Whitney Houston: Family members attend private viewing service

Arrivals at Whitney Houston's private viewing

Whitney Houston's family gathered Friday evening in Newark, N.J., for a private viewing of the body of the singer, who died Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.

Mother Cissy Houston, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and Dionne Warwick were among those spotted arriving at the Whigham Funeral Home, according to TMZ, which also reported music mentor Clive Davis stopping by briefly and then leaving before the 5 p.m. EST viewing service was to begin. The service reportedly ran about two hours.

Back at Los Angeles International Airport earlier in the day, the likes of Kevin Costner, Ray J and Brandy were photographed on their way to flights headed back East. Costner, Houston's costar in "The Bodyguard," is expected to speak at the funeral, which starts at noon EDT Saturday at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church.

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Bobby Brown, Houston's ex-husband and Bobbi Kristina's father, was officially invited to attend, Houston's publicist confirmed to the Associated Press, despite earlier rumors that he was being shunned by the family. Brown has a concert with New Edition scheduled for Saturday night in Connecticut.

Also on tap for the funeral are musical performances from Houston's godmother Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported. Additional invited guests whosed names are popping up in assorted media reports include Elton John, Bill Cosby, David Bowie, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Diddy, Berry Gordy, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington.

Flags on state government buildings in New Jersey will fly at half-staff Saturday in honor of the singer, who was born in Newark and grew up in nearby East Orange.


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Photo: Whitney Houston's family members are helped as they arrive at Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J., on Friday for a private viewing service. Credit: Mel Evans / Associated Press.





Whitney Houston death: Bobby Brown reportedly heads for L.A.

A memorial to Whitney Houston

Bobby Brown reportedly bowed out of a concert in Memphis, Tenn., and was headed to Los Angeles on Sunday to be with his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown after the death of Whitney Houston, his ex-wife.

"I am deeply saddened at the passing of my ex-wife, Whitney Houston. At this time, we ask for privacy, especially for my daughter, Bobbi Kristina. I appreciate all of the condolences that have been directed towards my family and I at this most difficult time," Brown said Sunday in a statement obtained by E! News.

Brown and his entourage were spotted at the airport in Nashville on Sunday, according to TMZ. Bobbi Kristina, 18, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, reportedly to be treated for stress, but has since been released.

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At his show with New Edition on Saturday night in Southaven, Miss., near Memphis, Brown sent a kiss skyward and said, "I love you Whitney," the UK Sun reported.

In a report from closer to home, the ClarionLedger.com noted that Brown seemed "visibly shaken" and "overcome with emotion" as the concert wound down, leaving the stage after joining the rest of New Edition in a ballad, "Roni," about the "sweetest little girl" who could  "make the toughest homeboy fall deep in love."

Brown and Houston married in 1992, and divorced in 2007. Houston died Saturday afternoon in a hotel bathroom in Beverly Hills; she was 48. An autopsy was completed Sunday, but results were placed under seal, with no official cause of death expected for weeks.


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Photo: Donzaleigh Abernathy places a flower at a memorial to Whitney Houston outside the Beverly Hilton on Sunday. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press


Bobby Brown proposes to longtime girlfriend Alicia Etheridge (Hint: She said yes)

Bobby brown engaged

At a Florida concert on Friday, singer Bobby Brown got down on bended knee -- but this time he wasn't wooing the shrieking ladies in the crowd. Brown proposed to his girlfriend, Alicia Etheridge.

Manager Etheridge accepted, after a three-year courtship with the singer after his 15-year relationship with superstar Whitney Houston

“We shouted, we screamed,” an attendee to Jacksonville's Funk Fest told the Florida Times-Union, "we supported him."

"Hopefully, he'll get it right this time," another cracked.

Not to be outdone, Houston had a minor resurgence in the form of Maya Rudolph -- the comedian returned to the set of "Saturday Night Live" for Betty White's big night to offer up her classic Houston impression.

Watch the full SNL episode here.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Bobby Brown and Alicia Etheridge are photographed in April. Credit: Earl Gibson III / Associated Press

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Britney Vanilli? No drama, mate, just let us know (if you're lip-synching)

Britney"It is Britney's 'prerogative' to lip-sync, and it is my job to make sure consumers know what they are paying for up front."

I just love that quote, with all its Bobby Brown-meets-Milli Vanilli-ness. Boo-yah.

Those words are from Virginia Judge, a New South Wales trade minister who, according to People, wants the devoted folks who are snapping up tickets for the 15 upcoming Britney Spears "Circus" shows in Australia to get what they're paying for -- or at least know what they're paying for.

But with 45 band members and dancers and 15 circus performers up on stage, who needs live singing from Britney?

I mean, who'll even be able to spot Britney? 

Seats are going for more than $1,300, so disclaimer or not, it looks as if fans are probably OK with whatever it is they're getting. But thanks, Virginia, for putting this tune my head for the rest of the day. And for opening my eyes to the fact that there's a "nasty bed version" of Britney singing the same song.

Or was she really singing it?

I want a refund.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Could you sing while doing crazy dance moves like this? We didn't think so! And neither can Britney Spears' wax figure, which was on display for the second birthday of the Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1, 2009. Sometimes lip-synching is a necessity, not a cop-out. Sometimes. Credit: Kris Connor / Getty Images/


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