Ray J Denies Any Involvement in Whitney's Death
March 23, 2012
Ray J -- one of the few people to spend time with Whitney Houston in her last days -- is slamming allegations by the sister of Whitney's ex Bobby Brown that he provided the pop superstar with drugs.
The 31-year-old singer/songwriter issued a statement refuting the claims by Leolah Brown, who appeared on HLN's Dr. Drew show Thursday night.
Brown claimed on the show that she saw Ray J leaving Houston's Beverly Hills hotel room in a hurry on the day she died. "I saw Ray J coming out of the hotel, hiding his head, being pushed into the car," she told Dr. Drew Pinsky. "Why? I looked and I said, 'why is he hiding his face?' He's always trying to show his face when he's around Whitney. Why now? Why are you trying to hide now Ray J?"
She also alleged that Ray J acted as a "runner boy" for Houston's drug supply. Pinsky pointed out during the show that none of Brown's claims could be independently confirmed.
An attorney for Ray J, Howard E. King, refuted the allegations and said Brown's interview was "rife with false statements." "Even though Leolah Brown was nowhere near the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the day Whitney Houston died, Ms. Brown falsely claimed that Ray J was at the hotel and contributed to Whitney Houston's death," King said in the statement. "Even the most minimal inquiry with anyone actually in contact with Whitney would reveal that Leolah Brown had been out of contact with Whitney for more than a year."
Ray J -- the sister of R&B singer Brandy -- spent time with Houston, 48, in the days leading up to her death on February 11. Days later, he issued a statement expressing "shock and emptiness" at losing his "close friend."
On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office officially ruled Houston's death an accidental drowning and said that atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use were also a factor in her death.