Troubles are continuing to mount for WHITNEY HOUSTON - her husband BOBBY BROWN is now in the news for absconding with a gambler's money.

Whitney has furiously denied her alleged bloody-nosed rush to a Las Vegas, Nevada, hospital last Thursday (22MAY03) had anything to do with her reported drug problems.

And now more curious details of the couple's time in Vegas have emerged. Brown was in town to support Whitney during her Wednesday (21MAY03) performance on VH1's DIVA LIVE concert at the famous Bellagio Hotel.

According to FOXNEWS.COM's Roger Friedman, the MY PREROGATIVE singer was approached in the Bellagio's casino by a high-rolling gambler who had an urge to play with a star.

The mystery man reportedly gave Bobby $5,000 (GBP3,300) to gamble with - which Brown soon vanished with.

A source tells Friedman, "Bobby split with the money and couldn't be found."

Hotel security was called, and Brown was found dining alone in the back of a restaurant in the Bellagio.

The source concludes, "He was escorted back to his and Whitney's villa to explain everything. When Whitney found out, she hit the roof, and the two of them had a terrible fight."

27/05/2003 16:51