Bobby Brown left the New Jersey church where his ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral was held Saturday because his entourage was not admitted, witnesses said.

Brown was invited to the funeral despite tension with the late recording star's family, who reportedly blame him at least in part for Houston's years of drug and alcohol abuse.

But the Newark Star-Ledger reported Brown left the New Hope Baptist Church minutes before the funeral was to begin because the nine people he brought with him were not allowed to sit with him in the family section of the church.

"They were asked to leave," a person with knowledge of the situation told the newspaper, referring to Brown's entourage.

Although Brown was not asked to go, the insider said, "He left with the other people."

The Star-Ledger said Brown appeared visibly upset as he climbed into a black Cadillac SUV and rode away.

Houston died last week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles at the age of 48. Officials have said they are waiting to determine the cause of her death until after toxicology test results are analyzed. No foul play was suspected.