The same man that’s been labeled the culprit for leaking the photos to the National Enquirer of Whitney Houston in her casket, Raffles van Exel is in the midst of more photo scandal. It turns out this celebrity hanger-on is more scandalous that we were aware of. Here’s three scandals van Exel’s found himself in the center of.
1. Photos of Whitney Houston on a gurney, covered with a white sheet being taken out of the Beverly Hilton Hotel that were sold to TMZ, turned out to be photos of Bobbi Kristina on a gurney covered in white sheets so that she wouldn’t be seen. Van Exel was the only person who would have had that type of access to snap the shot. The only other people around close family and Kristen Foster (Whitney’s publicist).
2. TMZ also posted photos of Whitney’s food tray, bathtub and food cart that are said to be taken by van Exel. Forbes is reporting that only three people had access at that point–Patricia Houston (Whitney’s manager and sister-in-law), Gary Houston (Whitney’s brother) and van Exel, who is a friend of Patricia.
3. Whitney’s not the first celebrity that van Exel’s attached himself to. In the past, he’s claimed to be Chaka Khan’s manager, has a connection to sketchy celeb O.J. Simpson and the con artist even labels himself George Benson’s son. Benson has since served van Exel with a cease and desist from using the Benson name.
In case you doubt that van Exel is a celebrity stalking creep, check out his instructional video on “The Art of the Con.” Watch it below.
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