The R&B star, who had a tempestuous marriage with the late singer from 1992-2007, filed the suit in New York on behalf of himself and the couple’s daughter Bobbi Kristina – who died in 2015. Brown alleges that the footage showing them together was used without their permission.
The suit claims that Brown and his late daughter appear in the documentary for more than 30 minutes and have never given approval for the footage to be used. He alleged that the footage was from their 2005 reality show, “Being Bobby Brown”.
The documentary explores Houston's personal struggles and relationships, and also her early career before she rose to huge fame with hits including How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You.
It premiered at last year’s TriBeCa film festival, and aired in the US on Showtime in August, before being screened in the UK by the BBC in December.
The BBC said they had no comment while Showtime is also yet to respond.