Judge issues bench warrant for Bobby Brown's arrest. Whitney's husband is a no-show in court again

By Gary Susman
Updated January 16, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Bobby Brown: Mario Anzuni/Splash News/Newscom

Does Bobby Brown think it’s his prerogative to show up in court only when he chooses? Six years ago, the New Jack Swinger was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and when he failed to appear in a Georgia court to answer the charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest. That warrant was still outstanding, Atlanta police discovered, when they arrested him two months ago on a charges of possession of marijuana and speeding. Brown was due in court Monday to face the 1996 charges but again failed to show, the Associated Press reports. As a result, the DeKalb County judge issued a bench warrant for the singer’s arrest.

According to E!, because of his earlier absence, Whitney Houston’s husband was subject to a ruling, handed down after his November arrest, that prohibited him from crossing the Georgia state line before the trial and required him to check in with county authorities each week until the trial. However, Brown left the state to appear on Monday’s American Music Awards show in Los Angeles, where he performed a duet with Ja Rule. (Note to Brown: When you’re about to go on trial, it’s probably not a good idea to appear before a nationwide audience singing, ”Thug Lovin’.”) Brown’s lawyer, Xavier Dicks, told AP that his client was contractually obligated to perform at the show, and that he would turn himself in on Friday.