Bobby Brown Charged With Battery...
Can Whitney Houston Be Saved?
Whitney Houston is in trouble, although this time things might be better
Houston called the Atlanta police department the night before last and told
them her husband, Bobby Brown hit her. She showed police the bruises.
According to the police report:
"She further advised that Mr. Brown stated he was going to "beat her a--"
and then struck the left side of her face with an open right hand. The
victim had visible injuries to her face, which included a bruise on her left
cheek approximately one inch in diameter and a cut upper-lip (on the inner,
upper left portion of her mouth). The victim further advised that Mr. Brown
left the location at approximately 20:25 hours for the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport for a flight to Los Angeles. A victim rights pamphlet
Later last night, Brown was officially charged with battery against Houston
by the Atlanta police.
The best thing about this is that Houston finally called the police on him
and admitted to what happened. One can only hope this is a first step toward
sanity for this monumentally talented singer. Perhaps she's had an epiphany
that Brown has all but ruined her life and her career. Maybe she's taking
responsibility for herself.
What's happened to Houston is not something I would have predicted back in
1989 when we first met. She was happy, shy and insulated from the real
world. Even though it seemed doubtful, she told me she had had a
relationship with Jermaine Jackson. The two of them had performed a duet on
her debut album.
Back then, abuse of any kind seemed extremely remote in Houston's world. She
was surrounded by a loving family. Her focus was on work. But then she met
Brown and since then her life has been a regular soap opera. Brown has been
in and out of jail. He fathered a child with another woman at the same time
that Houston was pregnant with their daughter. And there have been numerous
strange incidents, not the least of which was their interview with Diane
Who knows what Whitney and Bobby were arguing about this time? It could be
that she realized that her reputation is so badly damaged that even a
Christmas album, released a couple of weeks ago, is not a chart-topper. The
public is not interested in Houston's work because of her negative
publicity. Getting rid of Brown and turning her life around are the only
answers to Whitney's dilemma. She could still make a stunning comeback. She
is Whitney Houston, for God's sake. But she seems to the only person in the
world who doesn't recognize her worth.
Whitney's 911 Call
11 DECEMBER 2003