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Bobby Brown pleads not guilty to DUI

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston at the Soul Train Awards in March, 1995

Bobby Brown has pleaded not guilty on Monday to drunken driving and other charges following his arrest by California Highway Patrol on on March 26. 

Brown did not attend the Superior Court arraignment in Van Nuys. An attorney entered pleas on the singer's behalf.

The 43-year-old former husband of the late Whitney Houston faces misdemeanor counts of DUI, driving with an illegal blood-alcohol content and driving on a suspended license.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to six months in jail.

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Autopsy: White residue found on spoon in Whitney Houston's room following death

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Whitney Houston strikes a pose during her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 10, 2000, during taping of the "25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration."

Detectives found white powdery substances and a spoon with white residue in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died, according to the final autopsy report released Wednesday. The report does not specifically identify the substances as cocaine, although the drug was found in toxicology tests in Houston's heart and extremities.

Houston had cocaine throughout her system when she died, the report said, and a "spoon with a white crystal like substance in it, a rolled up piece of white paper from off the top of a counter along the east wall of the bathroom" were found.

Read Whitney Houston's full autopsy report here:

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said he could not discuss how recently Houston may have used the drug.

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said their investigation is still open and he could not comment on the findings.

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Bobby Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI in Reseda

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Bobby Brown was arrested in the San Fernando Valley on Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to California Highway Patrol, the L.A. Times reports. 

Officers reportedly administered a field sobriety test to Brown after pulling him over at the corner of Victory and Wilbur in Reseda just before 12:30 p.m. for talking on his cell phone.

The arrest comes days after autopsy results revealed his ex-wife, Whitney Houston, died from an accidental drowning with contributing factors of cocaine use and a heart episode. Their 14-year marriage was "tarnished by drug abuse, Brown's run-ins with the law and allegations of domestic abuse," the Times added.

Brown made news during Houston's funeral when left the proceedings early after he was asked several times to move. After much speculation on his dramatic departure, Brown, who was on tour with his '80s group New Edition, quickly released a statement. 

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Whitney Houston death ruled accidental drowning, heart disease, cocaine (updated)

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Whitney Houston strikes a pose during her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 10, 2000, during taping of the "25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration."

Whitney Houston drowned, says the L.A. County Coroner, citing the sad accident as the singer's official cause of death. Associated causes of death were listed as heart disease, and cocaine use. Cocaine was found her system at the time of death.

On Wednesday, Beverly Hills Police Detectives met with officials from the L.A. County Coroner's Office to discuss the results of the autopsy of Whitney Elisebeth Houston, age 48, which was performed in February.

Notes the official BHPD statement:

Per the Coroner's Office, the official cause of the death has been determined to be drowning with Manner of Death identified as accidental. The associated causes were identified as effects of Atherosclerotic Heart Disease and Cocaine use.

The toxicology report identified that Cocaine and Metabolites were present and contributory in Ms. Houston's death. No trauma or foul play is suspected.

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KFI suspends hosts John & Ken for 'inappropriate' Whitney Houston comments

KFI hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou were suspended Thursday for "insensitive and inappropriate comments" made about the late Whitney Houston, KFI/640 AM announced.

Details about the comments were not disclosed in the announcement. However, in a recording of the show found online, Kobylt refers to the singer with a derogatory term, notes the Orange County Register.

Management stated in the suspension announcement that it does "not condone, support or tolerate statements of this kind." Kobylt is quoted as saying "We made a mistake, and we accept the station's decision. We used language that was inappropriate, and we sincerely apologize to our listeners and to the family of Ms. Houston."

Hosts John and Ken are expected to be back on the air Feb. 27.

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