As the Beverly Hills Police Department probe how Houston acquired the drugs that contributed to her death and whether they were hidden from police and first responders, prominent attorney Ronald Richards has come forward and revealed he received a sworn statement from a Dutch national.
The “material witness” reportedly had an extensive history with Raffles van Exel — a Dutch entertainment consultant — who admitted he removed items from Houston’s Beverly Hilton suite, as Celebuzz previously reported.
“I have received a properly executed affidavit from a material witness who has first hand knowledge of Raffles narcotics related activities,” Richards told Celebuzz, in a statement.
“He/She had extensive involvement with him. The witness has no motive or claim against Raffles and simply wants the BHPD to utilize him/her in any fashion they choose. I have transmitted the affidavits to a homicide Detective and I am waiting his/her response.”
Richards added, “The BHPD has been given his/her full name.”
When asked about the affidavit, Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen told Celebuzz that their “investigation is still open pending receipt of the final report from the Coroner’s office.”
“The integrity of our investigations prevents me from commenting on open cases,” he added.
Van Exel has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Celebuzz, as stories about his involvement with Houtson dominate blogs, including journalist Jacky Jasper’s urban site Diary of a Hollywood Street King, which has been investigating the Dutchman and first reported about the affidavit.
Houston, 48, died on Feb. 11. She was found submerged in the bathtub of her hotel room.
Whilst her death has been ruled as accidental, several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room and traces of cocaine were found in her system.