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Is Raffles van Exel responsible for the picture taken at Whitney's funeral?



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#1 salute88

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

Whitney Houston National Enquirer Death Photo: Who Took It, Sold It?

In her interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night, Whitney Houston‘s sister in law Pat said she didn’t care who took the picture of her best friend lying in an open coffin and sold it to the National Enquirer. But the photo has upset a lot of people. Who took it? Who sold it to the Enquirer? Forget that the Enquirer did something grievously of no taste. We know what they are. But who could have done this?

Sources at the Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey say they know, and they have an employee who saw the person take the picture. The person they’re pointing the finger at is Raffles van Exel, the hanger on I told you about in this column a couple of weeks ago. Van Exel, who has aliases of Raffles Benson and Raffles Dawson, was at the two private viewings of Whitney’s casket held at the Whigham Funeral Home. The first viewing was on the Friday night before the memorial service. The second one was on Sunday morning before the burial.

The people at Whigham noticed van Exel right away. Even though he’s not a member of the Houston family, he traveled with them on the private plane from Los Angeles to New Jersey. He was the only non family member who accompanied Whitney’s sister in law/manager and newly appointed executor Pat Houston in her car to Whitney’s memorial and funeral and to the viewings. According to one source, he even had his own bodyguard with him, which was more than a little unusual. A source from Whigham’s says when the picture appeared on the cover of the Enquirer, they told the Houstons of their suspicions. “They didn’t do anything ab0ut it,” says a source. “They’re protecting him. How come they haven’t gotten him out of their circle?”

The Whighams people are not happy about the Raffles connection. While conducting another funeral in another part of town, of the funeral directors says she was spat upon by a stranger. The funeral home is concerned that fans think they allowed the National Enquirer picture to be taken. They did not. “The Houston family invited everyone into that room. We had no role in that. We were told their security would handle everything. They didn’t give us responsibility for that.” About 35 people came to the first viewing. The Wighams didn’t know everyone. But they know none of their people were involved. Only one of their employees says they witnessed Raffles van Exel take the picture of Whitney in her coffin.

The burial, by the way, did not include $500,000 worth of jewelry. “It was costume jewelry,” says the funeral director. “Please…”

Calls and emails to van Exel have gone unreturned. His voice mail box is full. He answered one of my emails, asking what I wanted, and then didn’t respond again. A second email was replied to, with a blank message. But it’s not the first time van Exel has gone underground.

The famous R&B singer George Benson (“Give Me the Night,” “Turn Your Love Around”) has his own story about Raffles. Around 2005, he says, his lawyer had to send van Exel a cease and desist letter warning him not use the name Benson or describe himself as Benson’s son. George Benson has four living sons, and three deceased. Benson says that around 2004-2005 van Exel had ingratiated himself into Benson’s mansion in Engelwood, New Jersey.

“He was there for a year on or off,” Benson told me. One day, Benson says, van Exel called him and told him to come home; he thought there’d been a robbery. When Benson returned to the house, he discovered $25,000 in cash was missing. He’d taken out of the bank to pay for home repairs. By the time he made the discovery, van Exel had vanished. “We never saw him or heard from him again,” Benson recalls. Without tangible proof, he couldn’t press charges with the local police. van Exel, as I reported in my original story, has sometimes been sued under the name Raffles Benson.

van Exel recently recorded a video explaining the way he gets around Hollywood,which was posted on YouTube. Here it is, in all its glory:




Link:http://www.forbes.co...ook-it-sold-it/

Edited by Lisa, 14 March 2012 - 10:43 AM.
Fixed font, video link.

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#2 total23

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

Us Memebers Of CW Suspected Him Tooo...He's Very Suspicious!

#3 NippyFanNy779

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:44 AM

He was at the club the night of Kelly's party

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#4 jersey

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

Girl pls, its the billboard music awards for crying out loud. Hell I could walk up in there in sneakers and a t-shirt if I wanted to.

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#5 NippyFanNy779

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:03 AM

View Postultimatej, on 14 March 2012 - 10:58 AM, said:

Girl pls, its the billboard music awards for crying out loud. Hell I could walk up in there in sneakers and a t-shirt if I wanted to.

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#6 NippyFanNy779

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

OK who is this guy because now I'm seeing that he was also friends with MJ?? :huh: Da Hell is going on?
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#7 total23

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

^ He Was A "Friend" Of Several JacksonS!

#8 liz06

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:23 AM

I know it, I guess he was "close" with MJ too. And now tons of pictures are popping up of him and Whitney, him and MJ. Whitney trusted a lot of people and what some people do with that trust makes me sick.

#9 NippyFanNy779

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:25 AM

View Postliz06, on 14 March 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

I know it, I guess he was "close" with MJ too. And now tons of pictures are popping up of him and Whitney, him and MJ. Whitney trusted a lot of people and what some people do with that trust makes me sick.

See that's just it, I don't believe she trusted "A LOT" of people THAT'S what makes it horrifying. Her inner circle was predominantly family.

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#10 remamamama

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

I always thought that there was something fishy with this guy. I would not be surprised if this man is the same person who sold out Whitney numerous times in the past. He claims to be "a European actor, music consultant and producer he is a highly respected entertainment consultant having guided some of the world greatest".

He was "close" to MJ, claimed to be Chaka's manager, George Benson's son, and said that Bobbi Kris will be living with him after Whitney passed away. Oh please.

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#11 Joleen

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

Well I always felt it wasn't anybody in their immediate family so that makes me feel better. I just couldn't believe that any of them would do that to her. I really wanna know who it is though. I am sure eventually it will come out.

#12 whitwhit1fan22

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:08 PM

What a peace of bleep he is... I'm friends with a lot of her family members and even though she kept family around she still had a lot of snakes around her cousin said.. Which I belive because people will do anything for a quick dollar. What I don't get is how this guy got the trust of MJ and Whitney
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#13 laprimadivas1fan

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:13 PM

For me, if proven true my question would be WHO entrusted him to accompany the FAMILY back to New Jersey? My side-eye radar would be towards that individual with the quickness.
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#14 Every1lovesNippy

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

View Postlaprimadivas1fan, on 14 March 2012 - 12:13 PM, said:

For me, if proven true my question would be WHO entrusted him to accompany the FAMILY back to New Jersey? My side-eye radar would be towards that individual with the quickness.

B.I.N.G.O.

This Raffles guy has a well-known reputation as a slimy, swamp dweller, and you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to have known it. It is common knowledge. Whichever family member or friend used their influence to have him approved for the viewing is the real devious slime behind the leaked photo.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:30 PM

View Postwhitwhit1fan22, on 14 March 2012 - 12:08 PM, said:

What a peace of bleep he is... I'm friends with a lot of her family members and even though she kept family around she still had a lot of snakes around her cousin said.. Which I belive because people will do anything for a quick dollar. What I don't get is how this guy got the trust of MJ and Whitney

The question isn't about Whitney's trust. Whitney had nothing to do with authorizing who would be at the "family's" viewing. The question is which family member vouched for this known slime to be at the family viewing. That person is a despicable snake.

And I would add that the person who approved this Raffles guy must be a family member since the family is protecting the Raffles guy and forced the funeral home to out him to clear their reputation. This whole N.E. photo business is just disgusting.





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