Whitney Houston's Estate is Suing for Singer's Valuables

Icon's sister-in-law claims she was locked out of the New Jersey home before she could retrieve personal items, like paintings and a grand piano.

Posted: 05/09/2014 10:33 AM EDT

The legal battle over the late great Whitney Houston's New Jersey estate is heating up again.

According to a new law suit filed by the estate, Houston's property is being held hostage by the company who sold the home.

After a year of public family disputes over finances, the estate sale was finally complete in February, but one of the co-executors, Houston's sister-in-law Pat Houston, claims the sale did not and should not have included the singer's property inside of the home. 

The Houston estate contracted CPMG Mendham, LLC to sell the lavish New Jersey home, TMZ reported. However, Pat Houston says CPMG blocked access into the home on numerous occasions to retrieve collectibles like a grand piano, a jukebox, valuable paintings, home furnishings, and more.

Pat Houston accuses CPMG Mendham of going so far as to change the locks on the home. The Houston Estate is requesting the property be released immediately, in addition to seeking money for damages.

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