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'Celebrity Justice' Producer Discusses Whitney Houston Trial

Aired December 5, 2002 - 10:57   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Whitney's not alone. She's not the only female performer battling problems and releasing a new album at the same time too, we should say. Singers Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez are also making news this week.
Here with more on these three divas is attorney Harvey Levin. He's executive producer of "Celebrity Justice," and he's back with us to talk some more about this kind of stuff.

Good to see you again, Harvey.

HARVEY LEVIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, "CELEBRITY JUSTICE": Hi, Leon.

HARRIS: Sorry, but once again we're short on time (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

But let's talk about this Whitney Houston situation. You actually talked with her father. What did he have to say about this interview?

LEVIN: This was a long time in coming. We've been talking with him for three weeks. Yesterday, he said he would do the interview with us in a hospital bed. He's ill right now, but he wanted to talk. And he's suing his own daughter for $100 million. And he is saying, Look, I really helped this woman pull her career out of the fire time after time. I am owed this money. I want the comfort for the rest of my life of this money. And he's saying, Look, family is family, but this is about money, and I am suing my daughter. And he looks in the camera on "Celebrity Justice," and he says, Honey, you have got to pay up for this to go away.

So it doesn't seem like there's a lot of warmth there between the two. It was very painful to hear both of them, her on "Primetime" and him on "Celebrity Justice."

HARRIS: Did he seem to be sane? Did he seem to have his wits about him at all, because I've heard different things about him?

LEVIN: He did. I have heard too, Leon, and I was a little bit surprised. He was very clear on what he wanted. He wants this money. He wants the comfort. He wants the security.

HARRIS: All right. Listen, Harvey, I'm sorry, but we are up against the clock right now. We're out of time. Can come back tomorrow?

LEVIN: Absolutely. HARRIS: Let's make sure we finish this conversation tomorrow. We're going to pick this up and talk about the other two ladies as well. We'll talk about your interview with Whitney Houston's father. That airs tonight on "Celebrity Justice," correct?

LEVIN: That airs today on "Celebrity Justice." We'll give you some clips tomorrow. It's really interesting.

HARRIS: Good deal. We'll see you tomorrow, OK?

LEVIN: OK.

HARRIS: Harvey Levin, take care.

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