Funeral Home Denies Leaking Houston Casket Photo

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The New Jersey funeral home where Whitney Houston's body was held is denying claims that it sold an open-casket photo of Whitney Houston to the National Enquirer, according to the Daily News.

Carolyn Whigham, the CEO of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J, said that she's horrified by accusations that her close-knit staff is to blame for the picture appearing on the front page of the tabloid. "We did not take that photo. We did not sell the photo. We would never do something like that," Whigham told the  Daily News. "Whitney was a friend," she continued. "I'm the one who flew to Los Angeles and got Whitney from the coroner's office. I did everything to protect her."


Whigham claims that security was with Houston's casket the entire time it was inside the funeral home.

While the Houston family has yet to comment on the photo, Whigham believes that they aren't looking at her or her staff as the culprits for the sale of the photo. "I am very confident they are on the same page with me. Family friend Tyler Perry was on the Steve Harvey [radio] show and said emphatically he knows we did not do it," she said.

In my opinion, the only way for the family to find out who sold the photo to the National Enquirer is to sue the tabloid and force it to open its records.

Read more at the Daily News.

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