Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown

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Bobby Brown's prerogative is to sue.

Whitney Houston's ex-hubby has filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer for alleging that the duo had planned to remarry before her tragic death last year.

Brown's rep confirmed to E! News that the 44-year-old R&B star had filed the complaint in Manhattan Federal Court Monday, but had no further comment on the matter.

However, per court docs obtained by the New York Daily News, Brown was incensed by a March 26, 2012, story the tabloid ran that suggested the New Jack Swinger had been unfaithful to his then-fiancée, Alicia Etheredge, by resuming his relationship with Houston.

As it turned out, the only person Brown ended up swapping vows with was Etheredge, whom he married later that June.

The New Edition singer's suit also names as a defendant the Enquirer's source, Derrick Handspike, a Georgia music-industry executive.

A rep for the National Enquirer was unavailable for comment.

Brown, meanwhile, began last week a four-year probation stint after serving less than a day in a Los Angeles jail resulting from a prior DUI conviction.

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua

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