UPDATE: Turns out Tina Brown is innocent (this time).
While she did in fact speak with the National Enquirer regarding Whitney’s death, Tina Brown didn’t actually snap the Whitney Houston casket photo and sell it to the tabloid, because she wasn’t even invited to the private viewing services held at the Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey.
The culprit’s name is Raffles van Exel, and you can read all about him HERE!
PREVIOUS STORY: Okay, let’s cut the crap. We all know that there is a 99.99% chance that Bobby Brown’s sister Tina Brown — Whitney’s former sister-in-law — leaked that photo of Whitney Houston laying in her casket to the National Enquirer.
Why? Because she has an interview with the tabloid inside that very same issue! (Smooth move, criminal.)
The interview, featuring the headline “I did crack with Whitney!” features the usual quotes about Whitney’s former drug use, along with an admission that Tina took part as well: “Hey, I was using and she was paying. It was free.”
The exclusive “story” also includes this:
“A drug dealer had called Bobby and said, ‘Come get your wife. I’m sick of this bitch. She’s in here peeping out the windows and doing all kinds of s–t in the house.'”
Tina learned Whitney had been in the drug den for days giving orders to dealers and drug buyers, telling some to leave, telling others where to sit, seeing demons, thinking she was under surveillance. It became too much for the dealer. “Bobby and security had to go get her,” said Tina.
If Tina Brown did leak the photo, it wouldn’t be the first time she has outed her sister-in-law.
In 2006, she leaked a series of private photos of Whitney Houston’s bathroom (allegedly) that were sent to UK tabloid The Sun, which supposedly showed that Houston had been cooking what is known as “freebase cocaine,” or in more common terms, “crack cocaine,” in her bathroom.
When later asked about her rumored crack use, Houston told Dianne Sawyer in a now-famous interview, “Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. Okay? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.”
Tina Brown was reportedly paid around $500,000 by the National Enquirer for the rights to Whitney’s casket photo, and she probably received another hefty check for the interview.
Carolyn Whigham, the owner of the funeral home that prepared Houston’s body and helped the family plan the funeral and burial services, says that neither she nor her people were responsible for the photo’s leak, however she does know who took it, and when it was taken.
Whigham says she believes the photo was taken on February 17th, the day before the funeral, and even though she knows who did it, she will not be identifying the person because she feels as though that should be done by the Houston family.
Whitney Houston died on February 11th in California. She was 48 years old.