Whitney Houston: Funeral home owner claims to know who leaked dead body photo
Monday 5, March 2012
Whitney Houston's funeral home owner has said that she knows who leaked an image of the singer's body to the press.
CEO of the Whigham Funeral Home, Carolyn Whigham, told reporters that it was up to the Houston family to name the individual behind the photograph, which showed the star in her casket and appeared on the front cover of US tabloid National Enquirer last month.
The lady insisted that she, her vice president daughter Karalynn and manager Terri Fields were "the only three people who saw Whitney Houston".
She said that none of her staff had come in close contact with the singer's body, which "was always on the lower level under lock and key".
Carolyn added that security personnel guarding Houston's body, who slept in the building prior to the 48-year-old's funeral on February 18, had not been hired by the home.
The funeral home owner said that she wanted it to be "clearly established" that staff at the Whigham Funeral Home were not responsible for the leak, claiming that she feared her daughter would be attacked over the allegations just as she has.
"It is very obvious that the Houston family has ceased the investigation [into the home]. Why? I want to clear my name, I want to clear my funeral home," she said.
"Unfortunately this went nationwide, worldwide. I could be on vacation laying by a swimming pool and somebody [could] come up and throw something in my face... I want to defend my character and my name. That's the most important thing that I have."
Previously, Carolyn described Houston as "a friend" and claimed that she "did everything to protect her".
Houston family's close sources have said they are "heartbroken all over again" by the photo, which is believed to have been taken at a private viewing on February 17.