Ray J and his sister Brandy pose at the Billboard Music Awards (May 20, 2012)

*TMZ is reporting that Whitney Houston’s ex-boyfriend Ray J was “almost physically removed from the Billboard Music Awards last night after angry members of her family ordered their security to get him away from them.”

According to the website, Whitney’s sister-in-law Pat Houston’s was fuming because her niece Bobbi Kristina and other family members were seated next to Ray J, the person Pat believes was a bad influence on Whitney.

Minutes before the tribute to Whitney, Pat asked her security to remove Ray J from his seat, but he refused to budge, reports TMZ.

The website says Pat’s security summoned hotel security, along with several uniformed officers to physically remove Ray J.

“Just before push was about to come to shove, security warned Pat that things would likely get physical and it would almost certainly be caught on video, just as Whitney was about to be honored,” TMZ stated. “Sources say Pat then grudgingly recanted and Ray J kept his seat.”

For his part, Ray J reportedly said to friends, “Pat ruined what was a great opportunity to honor the woman who I loved.”