Damon Elliot, Houston’s cousin, discovered that the photo had been purchased during a phone call with his daughter, the news made him feel “sick”.
Kanye West may have a paid a large sum of money 85,000$ to get his hands on Whitney Houston’s drug-covered bathroom picture but it seems like the rapper has managed to upset a family member of the late singer
“[She was] frantic,” Elliot told the publication. “She sent me this picture from the album cover and I immediately got sick to my stomach because it took me right back to six years ago.
“I’ve watched the train wreck happening, but I didn’t think he’d go this far in invading someone’s family privacy.
“To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it’s absolutely disgusting. It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.”
To do something like this for publicity to sell records, it’s absolutely disgusting,” he continued. “It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.” Damon said that Whitney “never did anything to him” and claims that he never heard from Kanye when he licensed the picture or even after he used it for the cover.
“I just want him to tell me why he did it,” he added. “What is the creative side of this? What’s the point? It shows no creativity.”
Damon Elliott spoke to PEOPLE about the rapper’s decision to spend $85,000 on a photo that depicted Houston’s bathroom covered in drug-covered spoons and drug paraphernalia for Pusha T’s album DAYTONA — which West produced.
“I was actually in shock because I’m in the music business,” he said. “I’ve watched the train wreck happening, but I didn’t think he’d go this far in invading someone’s family privacy,” he added referring to the recent social media scandal Kanye has been involved in.