Federal Judge Denies Bobby Brown In $1.1 Million Lawsuit Against National Enquirer
It’s all bad being Bobby Brown. The former R&B sensation was hit with the news that a federal court judge has dismissed his 1.1 million dollar lawsuit against the National Enquirer over an article stating he planned to re-marry Whitney Houston. All he had to do was follow the court’s order.
Back in 2013, Brown sued The National Enquirer and the author of an article that ran shortly after Whitney Houston’s death which claimed the two had gotten back together and were planning to remarry.
Brown’s argument is that the article defamed him by claiming the two had been planning a Vegas wedding prior to her death. Additionally, the article cited quotes, attributed to Brown, which purported that he told friends that not only could he have prevented Houston’s death, but that he broke up with his fiancee to reconcile with her and also that his fiancee was completely understanding.
Brown and his fiancee vehemently state that all the “quotes” were LIES and claimed the magazine KNEW as much before publishing.
The tabloid then fired back. The Enquirer openly admits they NEVER spoke to Brown about the information they published. However, they deny they did anything wrong and shoot down Brown’s accusations that they knowingly published false information. Shortly after their response, both parties reached a settlement and the singer dismissed them from the legal battle
However, Brown continued his lawsuit against the writer of the article Derrick Handspike.
Then earlier this year, Brown filed docs in the case demanding the court slap the writer of the article with a default judgement.
Brown explained that he wants the court to order Handspike to pay up 1.18 million dollars for authoring the lies about him and Whitney Houston. Stating that due to the article, he lost 100k in contracts/offers alone. The other $1 million comes from damages that he has caused and will continue to cause Brown in the future due to the article being printed.
On August 14th, the federal court judge came back with his decision in the case. The order explains that despite being warned numerous times to serve Handspike with the complaint … he didn’t follow the court’s order and blew off trying to serve the author for months. Further, the judge doesn’t believe Brown’s claim that the author was evading service due to him having no proof to back up his claim.
The judge ordered the case to be closed and said he would not grant Brown any extensions to serve Handspike which means the case is dismissed forever and Brown was awarded nothing.
Like we said, it’s all bad being Bobby Brown.