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Bobby Brown participates in "The Bobby Brown Story" panel during the Viacom Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) Image Credit: Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

Bobby Brown and the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown are suing Showtime and other distributors of the unauthorised 2017 biopic ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me,’ alleging the defendants used more than half an hour of old footage of both Browns, plus his other children, without permission.

The suit, which seeks at least $2 million (Dh7.34 million) in damages, was filed Wednesday in US District Court in the Southern District of New York, where defendants Showtime, the BBC and Passion Pictures all have offices.

The named defendants — which also include Tracey Baker-Simmons, Wanda Shelley, B2 Entertainment and Simmons Shelley Entertainment, based in Atlanta — are accused of distributing footage including some shot for the 2005 reality show ‘Being Bobby Brown,’ thereby violating the Browns’ privacy rights in pursuit of financial gain.