Multiple news outlets are reporting on Bobby Brown‘s appearance at ex-wife Whitney Houston‘s funeral today (February 18th) in Newark, NJ. According to TMZ, Brown was allowed to bring two guests with him into New Hope Baptist Church, but instead brought an entourage of nine (Houston’s funeral was invite-only).
When the singer demanded that his group be able to sit with him in the front row, Houston’s family fought back and had him escorted out of the church. TMZ was told that Jesse Jackson did his best to alleviate the situation, but Brown was ultimately showed the door.
“He was allowed to go in, pay his respects and then he had to leave,” another witness told Us Weekly. “He was red-eyed going up to the casket and then left. He was there for 15 minutes.”
Brown wanted to be there for daughter Bobbi Kristina, who had planned on sitting with her father through the service. ”She wanted her dad to be there for her mom,” a relative told People Magazine. “She is not going to be happy that he was turned back.”
Brown and Houston were married from 1992-2007.
Read more on the life and death of Whitney Houston after the jump.
UPDATE: Brown issued a statement shortly after leaving Houston’s funeral, obtained via On The Red Carpet
“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.”