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|Also Known As:||Bobby Baresford Brown||Died:|
|Born:||February 5, 1969||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Music ... singer actor|
to his career was temporary, however, as Brownâ¿¿s personal troubles continued unabated. In December 1996, he was arrested for drunk driving in Miami after a single-car accident that resulted in a crashed Porsche, four broken ribs and a mauled street sign. Earlier that year, he checked into the Betty Ford Clinic for problems with alcohol. While in rehab, he got into trouble with the tabloid press after allegedly calling his wife a lesbian. Brown called the report a fabrication.
Despite a limited contribution to New Editionâ¿¿s reunion album and later walking off the tour in a fresh spate of bad blood, Brown tried to reignite his solo career by wrestling control of his fourth album, 1997â¿¿s Forever, but it flopped. Accusations of spousal abuse dogged Brown that year when he reportedly struck Houston in a hotel lobby. Adding fuel to the fire, the couple was later seen leaving a yacht in Capri with Houstonâ¿¿s face sporting a fresh gash, but both vehemently denied rumors of abuse. Then in June 1998, a woman accused Brown of sexual assault, but the Beverly Hills district attorney dropped the charges for lack of evidence. In 1998, he was convicted in Florida for his 1996 drunk-driving incident. A weeping Brown was sentenced to five days in jail, a yearâ¿¿s probation, suspended license, a $500 fine, 30 days in a rehabilitation center and 100 hours of community service.
A year and a half later, Brown was arrested for violating the terms of his probation and faced 90 days in prison. By May 2000, he was in front of a Fort Lauderdale judge for once again for violating probation for the third time. The pile-on continued when a former girlfriend and mother of his children filed a complaint in New Jersey, claiming Brown owed over $25,000 in back child support. Meanwhile, rumors of drub abuse rocked Houston, whose fragile frame and fading voice fueled the rumors. Brown tried to revamp his career with a pair of film roles, appearing in the urban comedy "Two Can Play That Game" (2001) and the heist drama "The Score" (2002), starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. Later that year, Brown was charged in Atlanta for marijuana possession and trafficking. Though he could have been set free, police held on to Brown after discovering a warrant for dodging a court date relating to his 1996 drunk driving incident.
In early 2003, a judge issued a warrant for Brownâ¿¿s arrest for leaving the state of Georgia while awaiting a court date. Later that year, he was sentenced to 14 days in jail and 60 days of house arrest after being nabbed by police the prior week while dining with his family, again for violating the terms of his probation relating to the drunk-driving incident. He rounded out the year by turning himself in after giving his wife a bruised cheek and cut lip. After Houston accompanied him to the police station, Brown was released on his own recognizance. After serving a 60-day sentence for violating probation, Brown vowed to never return to jail. Two days later, he was sentenced to 90 days for back child support totaling $63,000.
Adding to his woes, Brown was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but seemed unaffected, even defiant, in the wake of the media circus that increasingly shadowed every step he and Houston took. He agreed to be filmed for the reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (Bravo, 2005), which was only greenlit when Houston agreed to take part. Shredding his already tattered reputation further, the series earned high ratings but completely destroyed what was left of Houstonâ¿¿s good name as it showcased the combative couple in several desperately unflattering situations. Real life intruded on "reality" soon enough, when just a month before the first episode aired, a judge issued a warrant for Brown's arrest after his failure to appear for a child support hearing. Continuing down the path of self-destruction and the diminishing returns of trashy reality fare, Brown struggled to eke out a living after he and Houston separated for good in 2006, divorcing on April 24, 2007.
He continued to make small forays into music that were generally ignored by the mainstream public, including reuniting with fellow New Edition alums Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill to form Heads of State, as well as guesting on albums by Macy Gray and Damian Marley. He was performing with members of New Edition on Feb. 11, 2012, when news broke that Whitney Houston had died. Fairly or otherwise, Brown immediately came under fire again for allegedly "corrupting" Houston by introducing her to drugs, and serving as her professional and personal downfall. Although he had five children in total, his highest profile offspring was his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina. In the wake of his ex-wifeâ¿¿s shocking death and his traumatized daughterâ¿¿s consequent hospitalization in the wake of it, headlines swirled that Houstonâ¿¿s family was maneuvering to keep Brown far away from the funeral as well as from Bobbi Kristina.
By Jonathan Riggs>Bobby. Though a lesser success than its predecessor, the album went platinum and spawned the hits "Humpinâ¿¿ Around," "Good Enough" and "Get Away." He made his biggest headlines that year, however, for surprising the world by marrying a woman whose squeaky clean reputation was the polar opposite of his: Whitney Houston. The contrast between Americaâ¿¿s Sweetheart and R&Bâ¿¿s Bad Boy inspired oceans of tabloid ink and gossipy speculation, and although her career went on to reach new pinnacles of success with "The Bodyguard" (1992) film and soundtrack, his was immediately eclipsed and began to crumble. The following year, Brown was arrested for another charge of lewdness on stage again in Georgia, and he felt the media turn up the heat on every scandalous event, trumpeting what was perceived as his negative influence on Houston.
Brownâ¿¿s legal troubles began in earnest in February 1994 when he was arrested at an Atlanta jazz club for failure to appear in court for traffic violations. After a bench warrant was issued, police were tipped off to his presence and converged on the club. Then in April, he found himself in trouble with the IRS for failure to pay back taxes reportedly totaling $3 million. Meanwhile, the lawyer fees continued to mount in April 1995 when Brown was arrested for assault at a Disney World night club. He and two members of his entourage beat a club patron to a pulp, resulting in several sutures to repair the man's face and reattach his ear. After being placed into the back of the squad car, an agitated Brown banged his head against the window and urinated on the seats. Charges were later dropped after settling with the victim out of court.
Things went from bad to worse when security at a West Hollywood hotel room was summoned to Brown's room after a noise complaint. For some reason, he kicked the guard in the back and was arrested soon after. Meanwhile, Houston began expressing her displeasure with her husband's behavior in public. The last straw came in September after a drunken Brown blew up after not being invited to a meeting for the hit "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), a romantic drama starring Houston, Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine. With tail between legs, Brown took Houston's cream-colored Rolls Royce and returned to Boston. While parked outside a nightclub in his old neighborhood, Brown witnessed his sister's fiancÃ©, Steven Sealy, get shot multiple times by two gunmen. Though unscathed, Brown was shaken-up by the incident. Later that year, Brown and Houston reconciled their differences and returned to being a married couple.
In 1996, Brown was cast by actor Martin Lawrence in "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," playing the friend of a womanizer (Lawrence) who learns not to toy with a formidable womanâ¿¿s affections. He then reunited with his former New Edition mates for an album and subsequent tour. Though the new release, Home Again, sold millions and topped the charts, the tour was plagued with false starts and clashing egos. The rejuvenation
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