Father's Firm Files $100M Suit Against Whitney

Whitney Houston is being sued for $100 million by her father's entertainment company for breach of contract. According to the lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 12, the s

Whitney Houston is being sued for $100 million by her father's entertainment company for breach of contract. According to the lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 12, the singer was in financial straits and facing marijuana possession charges in Hawaii until her father's company stepped in to help.

Newark-based John Houston Entertainment LLC, run by John Houston and business partner Kevin Skinner, helped get the marijuana charges dropped and hired lawyers to negotiate a $100 million contract with Arista Records, Skinner said. When John Houston Entertainment asked to be paid for its services, the company was denied, the lawsuit claims.

"She was falling. She was failing. She was about to drown," Skinner told The Star-Ledger of Newark for today's (Oct. 11) editions. "You read the tabloids about the drug use charges. We cleared that all out. We saved her career."

Whitney Houston's Los Angeles-based spokeswoman said the singer's 81-year-old father told her he has nothing to do with the lawsuit, but Skinner and his attorney claim John Houston stands by it. Calls to John Houston's home were not answered today.

Whitney Houston, 39, has won six Grammy awards, and scored with such hits as "Saving All My Love For You" and "The Greatest Love of All." In 2000, a security guard at a Hawaii airport seized the singer's handbag, and police reported it contained half an ounce of marijuana.


AP LogoCopyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.