The world's media have focused on a story reported at the beginning of the week by the The Tribune-Herald of Hilo, Hawaii. The story has not been commented on by official sources as yet and no statement has been made by Whitney Houston.
Much of the media have erroneously published reports which conflict with the original Associated Press and Tribune-Herald report and also conflict with Whitney's own schedule. Below, I have outlined the basic allegation and cited a few facts confirming Whitney's schedule has so far not been affected:
Security officials at the Keahole-Kona International Airport in Hawaii allegedly found a half-ounce of marijuana in one of Whitney's bags in a routine check before boarding an 11 January 2000 flight to San Francisco.
Whitney's bag was retained by security officials at the airport. She and Bobby Brown are reported to have boarded their plane without waiting for the police who the security officials at the airport had called. Airport security in Hawaii do not have the power to detain persons. The San Francisco bound flight took off 45 minutes before police are reported to have arrived. Whitney Houston was not detained, arrested or charged for any crime. The Authorities in Hawaii are not expected to pursue this issue.
Whitney performed at New York's Radio City Music Hall Saturday night - 16 January 2000 - to sing "God Bless America" before Roy Jones Jr.'s nationally televised boxing match. Reports from fans who saw the performance confirm Whitney was in good spirits and excellent voice.
The report broke to press six days after the fact on the US national holiday, Martin Luther King Day, also the night of the American Music Awards. Whitney Houston was not scheduled to appear at these awards contrary to some reports.
No comment about these allegation has been made as yet by Whitney Houston, Nippy Inc. or Arista Records. As soon as there is a statement, it will appear on Classic Whitney.
Whitney is currently in Europe for the French NJR Awards which are broadcast live on TF1 on Saturday 22 January 2000.
NEWSFILE: 21 JANUARY 2000
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