Whitney’s father, entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr., managed much of her career through his business, John Houston Enterprises. Their relationship was tumultuous during his later years, after he divorced her mother and married Barbara Houston, a woman 40 years his junior. John Houston Enterprises sued Whitney in 2002 for $100 million, claiming the singer failed to pay the company for sorting out her 2000 pot bust and negotiating her contract renewal with Arista records. The company was run by Kevin Skinner at this point, however, and Whitney’s father didn’t even show up in court. When he died in 2003, John Houston still owed Whitney money he had borrowed from her years before, and had named her sole beneficiary of a life insurance policy that would have paid her back. Things turned particularly nasty between Whitney and her stepmother, who filed a lawsuit claiming she needed the money to pay off the mortgage on a house she shared with her late husband. Whitney countersued, and the case turned into a multiyear legal battle that was resolved in Whitney’s favor just weeks before her death.