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Bobby Brown Kicked off LAX Flight to Boston after Crew 'Observed Indications of Intoxication'

Mary Scott
Sep 10, 2019
08:29 A.M.
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Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown was kicked off a Boston-Bound flight at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday after crew members reportedly “observed indications of intoxication.”

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According to TMZ, management of the JetBlue airplane removed Brown, 50, from the flight and asked other passengers to alight while cops attended to the incident.

Bobby Brown performs during the ESSENCE Festival on July 05, 2019 in Louisiana | Photos: Getty Images

Bobby Brown performs during the ESSENCE Festival on July 05, 2019 in Louisiana | Photos: Getty Images

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Sources onboard reportedly told the outlet that the “Don’t Be Cruel” singer was involved in an altercation while sitting in first class. The situation then led to JetBlue ordering everyone off the plane and inviting police officers to speak with Brown.

The “My Prerogative” hitmaker was reportedly heard yelling at the cops that he had to get to his brother’s funeral. Per TMZ, Brown’s brother died in 2016, but a family source clarified that it was one of his cousins who recently passed.

Bobby Brown at Will.I.Am's TRANS4M Concert on Feb. 7, 2013 in California | Photos: Getty Images

Bobby Brown at Will.I.Am's TRANS4M Concert on Feb. 7, 2013 in California | Photos: Getty Images

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AIRLINE'S STATEMENT

Other passengers were reportedly let back onto the flight, except Brown. In a statement explaining their side of the story, JetBlue claimed:

“[Bobby Brown was] removed from the aircraft prior to departure after crewmembers observed indications of intoxication.”

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Meanwhile, insiders and witnesses told TMZ that the airline overreacted in their treatment of Brown. Passengers sitting close to the singer claimed he was not troublesome and didn’t make a fuss with the crew.

Brown reportedly confessed to drinking before boarding the plane but didn’t prove difficult when he was told he could not have a drink.

Bobby Brown at the Affordable Old School Concert Series on July 4, 2015 in Georgia | Photos: Getty Images

Bobby Brown at the Affordable Old School Concert Series on July 4, 2015 in Georgia | Photos: Getty Images

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BOBBY BROWN'S SUBSTANCE ABUSE HISTORY

“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly,” JetBlue further claimed. “In this instance, the customer was offered a seat on a later flight. The customer declined and was issued a refund.”

Brown has been open about his previous struggle with substance abuse. In 2016, he admitted doing drugs with his late ex-wife Houston, especially during the last few years of their marriage.

Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown at "Whitney Houston''s All-Star Holiday Gala" in New York on Dec. 4, 1999 | Photo: Getty Images

Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown at "Whitney Houston''s All-Star Holiday Gala" in New York on Dec. 4, 1999 | Photo: Getty Images

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A CANDID CONFESSION

Per ET, Brown revealed in an interview:

"It was terrible. Both of us, you know, trying to be clean, or one of us trying to be clean and the other one don't wanna be clean. It's a big struggle."

Late Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown and their daughter, late Bobbi Kristina at Disneyland on Aug. 7, 2004 | Photo: Getty Images

Late Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown and their daughter, late Bobbi Kristina at Disneyland on Aug. 7, 2004 | Photo: Getty Images

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE EFFECTS

Brown admitted at the time that he had been drug-free for over a decade, but that wasn't until the habit had brought him way too much loss and pain.

In 2012, Houston was pronounced dead after being found submerged in a bathtub in her hotel suite; cocaine use was found as a contributor to her death.

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LOSING A CHILD

Three years later, Brown and Houston’s only child Bobbi Kristina, was found in eerily similar circumstances as her mother. After being in a coma for six months, she passed away at age 22 on July 26, 2015. Cannabis and alcohol were found in Bobbi Kristina’s system per an autopsy report.

Bobbi Kristina Brown at "The Houstons: On Our Own" Series Premiere Party on Oct. 22, 2012 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Bobbi Kristina Brown at "The Houstons: On Our Own" Series Premiere Party on Oct. 22, 2012 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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THE STRUGGLE WITH ALCOHOL

A few months after Houston’s death, Brown checked into rehab to tackle his alcohol addiction, but four years later, admitted that it’s not been easy.

"Alcohol has been a problem," he candidly said. "I go back often to reboot, but [expletive], that's life. Everybody drinks. Sometimes I drink."

Bobby Brown attends BET's screening of The New Edition Story on Jan. 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois | Photo: Getty Images

Bobby Brown attends BET's screening of The New Edition Story on Jan. 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois | Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Brown is yet to address his Monday morning altercation with the Boston-bound JetBlue flight.

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