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Bobby Brown

Bobby BrownAKA Robert Barisford Brown

Born: 5-Feb-1969
Birthplace: Boston, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: My Prerogative

Bobby Brown began performing with schoolmates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell in 1978, in the group that eventually became New Edition. He was the youngest member of the band, and the first to go solo, in 1986. His second album, Don't Be Cruel, was a popular mix of classic soul, synth-funk, and hip-hop, and won him his first solo Grammy and his unofficial title "the King of New Jack Swing". His hits included "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step". Brown met his future wife Whitney Houston at the Soul Train Music Awards, and they married in 1992.

In 1993, Brown was arrested for "an overly suggestive stage performance" in Georgia. In 1995, he was arrested after a fistfight at Disney World. Later that year he was charged with battery after allegedly kicking a hotel security guard. In 1996, he wrecked a rental Porsche while driving drunk. In 1997, Houston suffered facial cuts allegedly inflicted by Brown in an argument. In 1998, he was arrested for sexual battery, served five days for the Porsche wreck, and was arrested again when he showed up at jail drunk. In 2000, he served 26 days in jail for a cocaine-related probation violation.

In 2002, he was arrested for possession of marijuana, speeding, and having no driver's license or proof of insurance. In 2003, he was sentenced to eight days in jail for drunk driving, and later that year he was arrested for violating probation when he flew to L.A. to perform in an awards ceremony, despite a court order than he not leave Georgia. In 2004, he was briefly jailed for failure to pay child support for two of his three children born out of wedlock. He was ten years in arrears, and told the judge he had no source of income, but came up with $63,500 after the first night of a 90-day sentence.

Brown has said that with his marriage, his career seemed to go downhill and his drug use began to grow. Despite having made millions, he has little money left of his own. After constant battles with drugs and each other, Brown and Houston separated in October 2006, and their Georgia mansion and numerous possessions were subsequently sold to settle long-overdue mortgage payments and other debts.

Father: Herbert Brown (construction worker, b. circa 1929, d. 10-Dec-2011)
Mother: Carol Brown (homemaker, b. circa 1942, d. 20-Jan-2011)
Sister: Tina Brown
Sister: Lele Brown
Brother: Tommy Brown
Sister: Bethy Brown
Sister: Carolyn Brown
Brother: Derrick Brown
Son: Bobby Brown Jr.
Daughter: La Princia Brown
Son: Landon Brown
Girlfriend: Kim Ward (mother of two of his children)
Wife: Whitney Houston (m. 18-Jul-1992, sep. Oct-2006, div. 24-Apr-2007, one daughter)
Daughter: Bobby Kristina Brown (b. Mar-1993)
Wife: Alicia Etheridge (manager, together since 2006, m. 18-Jun-2012, one son)
Son: Cassius Brown (b. 1-Jun-2009)

    New Edition Vocalist (1981-86)
    Bobby Brown
    Betty Ford Center 1995
    Hazelden 1998
    Driving While Intoxicated Georgia (convicted, 1996)
    Battery Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL (20-Apr-1995)
    Battery West Hollywood, CA (Aug-1995)
    Violating Probation Oct-1998
    Violating Probation Florida (May-2000)
    Violating Probation Georgia (Aug-2003)
    Violating Probation Feb-2004
    Sexual Battery California (Jun-1998, later dropped)
    Brain Seizure Morristown, NJ (Aug-2001)
    Drug Possession: Marijuana Atlanta, GA (Nov-2002)
    Failure to Pay Child Support $63,000 in unpaid child support (Mar-2004)
    Failure to Appear for contempt complaint (29-Jun-2009)
    Driving While Intoxicated Los Angeles, CA (arrested 26-Mar-2012, pled no contest)
    Driving with a Suspended License Los Angeles, CA (arrested, 26-Mar-2012)
    Driving While Intoxicated Los Angeles, CA (arrested 24-Oct-2012, pled guilty)
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Cocaine, Bipolar Disorder, Marijuana

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Gang of Roses (10-Oct-2003)
    Go For Broke (27-Jun-2002)
    Two Can Play That Game (29-Aug-2001) · Michael
    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (3-Apr-1996) · Tee
    Panther (3-May-1995)
    Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (19-May-1990)
    Ghostbusters II (16-Jun-1989) · Mayor's Doorman
    Krush Groove (25-Oct-1985) · Himself
    Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! (1984) · Himself


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