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Whitney Houston Estate Sues for Belongings in Singer's NJ Home

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By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 09 May 2014 11:15 AM

The estate of the late Whitney Houston is charging in a New Jersey court that a company it hired to sell the entertainer's home has now locked them out of the house and refused to let them retrieve her personal items.

In an 11-page complaint, Marion Houston, executor of the estate, said she hired CPMG Mendham LLC and Diego Cevallos in December 2013 to sell the singer's home in Mendham, New Jersey, according to the Courthouse News Service. Houston said that when Wells Fargo, the home's mortgage holder, approved a short sale of the home, CPMG locked the estate out.

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Some of the items in question include a baby grand piano, a jukebox, paintings, home furnishings and other items that Houston claims belongs to the late singer and the estate.

"Despite defendants' initial agreement to allow the personalty to be removed from the property ... defendants have repeatedly refused to allow the estate to enter the property and recover the personalty," Houston said in the complaint.

"In fact, the parties expressly discussed arrangements for the Houston estate's movers to pick up and remove the personalty on several dates in February, all of which were canceled on short notice by defendants," the complaint continued, CNS noted.

Houston said that the items not only have a significant monetary value but are also of sentimental value to the Whitney Houston's relatives.

"Ms. Houston's family members have a strong emotional attachment to many of the items," said the complaint, according to CNS. "Some of these items have considerable financial value and would hold particular financial value to Ms. Houston's fans and other collectors because they belonged to Ms. Houston."

The home, a 12,561-sq. foot square mansion, was where Whitney Houston married singer Bobby Brown in 1992. The couple divorced in 2007.

No one has lived in the house since Whitney Houston died at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2012. Whitney Houston died after drowning in a bathtub. She had atherosclerotic heart disease and the coroner's report revealed she had cocaine in her system at the time of her death.

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