Whitney Houston Was Sexually Abused By A Family Member, Documentary Says
A new documentary about the life of Whitney Houston alleges that the singer was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, the soul musician Dee Dee Warwick.
“Whitney,” which is directed by Kevin Macdonald, premiered at the 2018 Cannes film festival on Wednesday. This latest film on the late singer features interviews with many of Houston’s relatives and close acquaintances, two of whom make the claims against Warwick.
Houston’s half-brother, the former NBA basketball player Gary Garland-Houston, alleges that both he and Houston were sexually abused by Warwick around the ages of seven and nine. Houston would have been just a toddler at the time. Gary’s claim is backed up by Houston’s assistant Mary Jones who says the singer spoke of being “molested at a young age” by a woman.
“Gary the brother told me he was abused by Dee Dee,” said Macdonald to IndieWire. “So it’s not allegations. He’s saying I was abused by this person and told me, ‘I think she abused Whitney.’ Pat Houston (Gary’s wife), who’s here, told me that, yeah, Whitney had told her this but not given any details.”
“For about two months, that was all I had. Then Mary Jones, who was her assistant for a long time and was with her every day for the last 10 years of her life, decided she wanted to talk about it.”
Dee Dee Warwick, whose known for her hits like “You’re No Good,” battled drug addiction for much of her life. She died in 2008 at the age of 63.
“Whitney,” approved by the Houston estate, also details Houston’s alleged affair with longtime companion Robyn Crawford, as well as her battles with drug addiction. Houston’s hits included “I Will Always Love You,” “Saving All My Love For You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “How Will I Know” and “Greatest Love of All.”
Houston, 48, was found dead in a hotel bathtub on Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in her death. While we’ve seen many films and documentaries on the singer, this latest documentary has been described as the “definitive story of the global superstar.”
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