All is not well in the Houston-Brown household this week after Bobby Brown allegedly banged up his missus, Whitney Houston.

On Sunday, cops responded to a domestic dispute call from the couple's home in Alpharetta, a suburb of Atlanta, at the Country Club of the South subdivision around 8:30 p.m. There, they found the R&B diva with a cut lip and a bruised cheek.

Houston told police Brown had slapped her face with his right hand after an argument escalated out of control.

While the jury's still out on the cause of the dispute, on Wednesday a family spokesperson told E! Online, "Bobby Brown is very apologetic about what happened and hopes his wife forgives him."

Officials have apparently had a hard time finding Brown to get his side of the story. Earlier reports stated that, by the time cops arrived at the house on Sunday, Brown had reportedly exercised his prerogative to hightail it out of there and had taken off for California (or at least that's where Houston allegedly told police he was headed).

However, a source close to the couple later said the embattled entertainer had never left the Peach State.

Houston has yet to press charges, but because the incident is under investigation as an alleged act of domestic violence, officials could file charges against Brown without Houston's cooperation. "The report has been filed and wheels of justice are in motion and it depends on where the investigation leads," Fulton County Police Department spokesperson Kurtis Young told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The troubled twosome married in 1992 and have been plagued with rumors of abuse and drug use ever since.

In 2000, the onetime New Edition member served 26 days in a Florida jail from a drunken-driving incident in that state. That same year, Houston was busted for pot at Hawaii's Keahole-Kona International Airport but managed to board a plane and fly away before police could arrest her. She later pleaded no contest and the case was dismissed.

More recently, Brown received a two-year probation and an eight-day jail term, after pleading guilty in January to drunken-driving charges that dated back to 1996. That bust came about as a result of being tagged in Atlanta last November for having a baggie of pot, speeding and having no driver's license and proof of insurance

Then in August, he was busted mid-meal at a seafood restaurant in August for a probation violation for which he was briefly jailed and ordered anew to complete a stint in rehab.

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