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Netflix says that reports that it was forced to pull “The Bodyguard,” which stars the late Whitney Houston, from its Watch Instantly library last week are “just not true.”

Reports that Netflix was forced to pull The Bodyguard from its streaming library following the death of the film’s star, Whitney Houston, are false, according to Netflix.

This directly refutes an account by Dan McDermott, a long-time journalist and host of the Web show Google Plus Week, who said a Netflix representative told him that “the production company” pulled Netflix’s rights to stream the 1992 film because “there was an opportunity to make really a very large amount of money on the DVD sales” due to a surge in publicity after the singer’s death on Saturday, February 11.

“It’s just not true,” said Steve Swasey, Netflix Vice President of Corporate Communications, in an email with Digital Trends. “Netflix has [The Bodyguard] on DVD but not streaming. We haven’t had it on streaming since the license expired last year. Nothing to do with Ms. Houston’s unfortunate and untimely death.”

Last week, Sony was forced to apologize for raising the price of two of Whitney Houston’s albums on the UK version of iTunes just hours after her death, sparking a flurry of outrage from fans. Sony says the price hike was a mistake.

At present, The Bodyguard is still available as a free streaming title for Amazon Prime members.

Meanwhile speaking of “The Bodyguard”, some of Whitney Houston’s most prized possessions are set to go under the hammer at an auction next month.

Items up for sale include a pair of earrings, a brown satin waistcoat and a black velvet dress she wore in the 1992 movie.

Julien’s Auctions boss Darren Julien has defended the decision to hold the sale – which will take place at the Hollywood Legends auction on March 31 – so shortly after the singer’s death. He says it will be a celebration. #sideeye

via BlackMediaScoop

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