The person who leaked the casket photo of Whitney Houston has finally been revealed. Raffles van Exel is the one personnel at Whigham Funeral Home are blaming. van Exel isnâ€™t anyone famous or important in the industry, he was just part of various celebrities entourages theÂ UrbanDailyÂ reports.
According to reports on Forbes.com, van Exel was at two private casket viewings at the funeral home. Employees of Whigham Funeral Home noticed van Exel as soon as he walked in because he was the only non-family member allowed in the private viewing. Itâ€™s said he also traveled with the family from Los Angeles to New Jersey on a private jet. He was even provided with his own bodyguard.
Whigham personnel alerted the Houston family of van Exel when the National Enquirer ran the leaked photo on their cover. A source said the Houstons didnâ€™t do anything about van Exel once they learned of the funeral homeâ€™s suspicions. Some of the Whigham employees believe the family is protecting him.Â We know who leaked the photo of Whitney Houston laying in her casket. What repercussions do yall think Raffles van Exel should face. If you are trying to find out who this guy is read below…
Despite the shock of Whitneyâ€™s death, Raffles still made it downstairs to Clive Davisâ€™s party. He was dressed in formal wear, had Whitneyâ€™s tickets in his hand, and intended to sit at her table. Just inside the ballroom he was comforted by celebrities to whom he related his storyâ€”â€œI found Whitney.â€ Gayle King hugged him. Quincy Jones listened patiently to his story. A security guard told me later, â€œWell, he was up there.â€ He was also hanging around with Houston all week prior to her death. On Tuesday when she emerged from a nightclub, looking disheveled, Raffles appears in a photograph on TMZ like a deer in headlights. He is standing right behind her in a powder blue suit. On Twitter, he wrote: â€œSTOP reading the stupid blogs.. Whitney had a great time, she looked amazing. Nothing was wrong, it was just DAMN hot in that club.â€
Forbs reports But who is Raffles van Exel?
Heâ€™s one of Hollywoodâ€™s mysteries. I first met him in 2005 hanging around the Jackson family during Michael Jacksonâ€™s child molestation trial. After Michael went abroad, Raffles was often seen with Michaelâ€™s father, Joseph Jackson. He trades on being an â€œinsiderâ€ when thereâ€™s a scandal. No one really knows him, but heâ€™s always where thereâ€™s action and celebrities. On the internet he claims to own a number of companies including Raffles Entertainment.
Heâ€™s also been sued a couple of times, once by a partner in something called Max Records, Inc., and once by a private aviation company in Los Angeles. I spoke to the plane company and they said they canâ€™t comment because the situation is ongoing. On Twitter he claims to be managing â€œmy girl,â€ Chaka Khan. There are plenty of pictures of Raffles on the internet with celebrities. You can see him with everyone from Magic Johnson to Sandra Bullock. If ever there was a real life Zelig, he is it.
Look for Raffles at Whitneyâ€™s funeral tomorrow. In the old days he used to wear a yellow jacket full of black question marksâ€”like The Riddler. On Saturday night, as he pulled in various guests to Clive Davisâ€™s party past the velvet ropes, he was wearing a Michael Jackson-like tuxedo. He lives in West Hollywood now, but his official domicileâ€”and where heâ€™s been suedâ€”is Chicago.