Mates of Whitney Houston allege the singer was molested as a baby by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick in a documentary that premiered Thursday on the Cannes Movie Pageant.
Houston’s longtime assistant Mary Jones tells filmmaker Kevin Macdonald that the late singer instructed her that Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick, molested her at a younger age.
Houston’s brother Gary Garland-Houston additionally says he was molested between the ages of seven and 9 by a female relative, and says his sister was abused too.
Dee Dee Warwick, who was 18 years older than Houston, died in 2008.
The allegations have been made within the documentary Whitney, which was made with the cooperation of Houston’s household. The revelations, which come about three quarters of the way in which into Whitney, instantly solid a brand new gentle on the troubled lifetime of Houston.
Jones claims that the expertise made Houston query her personal sexuality and contributed to her late-life drug issues. The singer died on the age of 48 in 2012 from what was dominated an unintended drowning in a tub. A coroner’s report into her dying cited coronary heart illness and drug use as contributing elements. She by no means spoke publicly about her personal alleged abuse.
“We at all times needed our movie to be a corrective to that tabloid story,” mentioned producer Simon Chinn. “These are particular revelations that I believe will get individuals to a deeper understanding of who Whitney was and in some ways redeem her as an individual.”
Dee Dee Warwick was the niece of Houston’s mom, Cissy Houston. The Warwick sisters typically sang in Cissy Houston’s gospel group, the Drinkard Singers.
Dee Dee Warwick, who was twice nominated for a Grammy Award, sang backup for Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and others.
Whitney, which is to be launched in theatres in July, means that the alleged incidents of abuse passed off whereas Cissy Houston was touring. Houston, who had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, with Bobby Brown, is claimed to have insisted on taking Bobbi on tour along with her.
Bobbi Kristina died 2015. She was discovered unresponsive in a tub and died after being in a coma for six months.
Representatives for Dionne Warwick did not instantly return messages Thursday.