Los Angeles - Whitney Houston was the victim of an extortion plot over an alleged lesbian affair, it has been claimed.
A heavily-redacted FBI file on the late singer states she was asked for R3.1m from a Chicago lawyer on the night before the premiere of her 1992 movie The Bodyguard, new book Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame has alleged.
The extortion attempt came at a time when the I Will Always Love You singer - who died in 2012 aged 48 - was dogged by rumours of an affair with her personal assistant Robyn Crawford, and the lawyer reportedly told an FBI agent their information included "knowledge of intimate details regarding Whitney Houston's romantic relationships and will go public with the information.'
According to the report, Whitney's father John Houston "settled the matter by sending a confidentiality agreement almost immediately," although it was "unclear how much money was paid to silence the person and whether he met the initial demand for R3.1m."
And one of the star's former bodyguards, Kevin Ammons, told author Ian Halperin - who has previously penned controversial biographies on the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the late Michael Jackson and Celine Dion - that John was very worried the assistant would go public with her relationship with the My Love Is Your Love singer.
John reportedly told the minder: "We've got to do something about that motherfucking bitch. She's ruining my family and driving everybody nuts. She's lost her grip on reality. I'll pay you R75k if you put the fear of God in her."
Ammons stressed he refused the request and that John Houston then "warned the bodyguards to 'keep an eye' on Robyn."
The book also revealed Whitney gave Robyn a black Porsche "as a token of their friendship" on the day she married Bobby Brown.
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