Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston's family reportedly made certain agreements prior to her funeral on Saturday, to respect seating arrangements and not speak to Bobbi Kristina unless she reached out to him and he broke them, an attorney for the Houston family reportedly told the media.
Ace Showbiz is reporting that Mark Trigg, who is representing the Houston family, conducted an interview with The Frank and Wanda Morning Show on Atlanta's V103 on Tuesday, where he spoke about the agreements and said that Brown was politely reminded of them.
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.
Trigg said that there were several discussions before Houston's funeral on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. and the parties had come to an understanding of what was to take place that day.
The attorney said three rows of seats were reserved at the front of the church for family and that Brown was invited to sit in those three rows with his family. Trigg said that Brown has three older children who were also invited along with his brother Tommy.
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, Trigg said, as reported by Ace Showbiz.
But things allegedly didn't go according to plan on Houston's funeral day.
Trigg said that Brown and his three children sat in the family section, which caused security to discreetly, politely, respectfully tell Brown that he is welcome to stay where he was seated, but that the children will have to sit with their uncle because of space limitations.
That was the deal and there shouldn't have been any problem at that point, Trigg said, noting that Brown took offense.
The attorney also noted that there was also an understanding between Brown and the Houston family to not begin any contact with Bobbi Kristina unless she initiated it. Bobbi Kristina, 18, is the only child Brown and Houston share from their approximately 15 years of marriage.
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,' Trigg said. That's the point where he, for whatever reason, decided that he wanted to just leave the service.
Several media have reported that Brown left his ex-wife's funeral because of a seating squabble shortly after arriving with his children.
Brown issued a statement to the media explaining his departure, noting that he and his children were invited to the service and was asked by security 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, Bobby noted in the statement. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina.
Brown said because of what occurred that day he decided to give a kiss to Houston's casket and leave the venue.
I refused to create a scene, he said. 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.