Bobby Brown and his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown have filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against The National Enquirer‘s parent company American Media and author Derrick Handspike, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday in New York federal court, claiming that a March 2012 article suggested an “inappropriate affair” between Bobby and ex-wife Whitney Houston that would shock the world and result in the reunion of the notoriously troubled couple.
The story, sourced back to “close friend” Handspike, stated, “Whitney Houston was set to stun the world by walking down the aisle once again with her badboy ex-hubby Bobby Brown.”
The story continued:
“They were planning a small wedding, probably in Las Vegas with just the two of them and their daughter Krissi.
“Bobby told me, ‘The world may have thought we were history, but the reality is we were never really apart. We’ve never stopped loving each other.’”
The article was published little more than a month after Houston’s untimely death, as well as during Bobby’s engagement to Alicia. The pair married in Hawaii last June.
American Media has yet to release a statement.