Whitney Houston was sexually abused during childhood, new documentary claims

Calvin Saunders
May 18, 2018

Whitney Houston was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, her family have claimed in a new documentary on the late singer.

A brand new Whitney documentary has shockingly claimed that the singer was abused as a child by Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of singer Dionne Warwick; Dee Dee was Whitney's cousin. It will be the second documentary about Houston's life, following Whitney: Can I Be Me, which premiered a year ago. "She used to say, 'I wonder if I did something to make her think I wanted her, '" Jones explained to Vulture.

As the trailer hints, the docu is unflinching and uses previously unseen archival footage, demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives and interviews with friends and family who were there for Houston's ups and downs.

Houston's half-brother, ex-NBA basketball player Gary Garland, alleges that he and Houston were sexually abused by Warwick, who died in 2008, when he was aged between seven and nine. But in 2012, Houston died in a bathtub after struggling for years with substance abuse.

Dee Dee Warwick was the niece of Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston.

Macdonald alluded to the allegations when he spoke with EW last month prior to the debut of the first Whitney trailer, saying that the documentary would shed light into who Houston really was, and incidents that - for better or worse - affected her later in life.

The late Whitney Houston is receiving the documentary treatment in an upcoming movie titled Whitney, which hits the big screen on July 6th.

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Whitney's focus on fizzy pop hits like "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" alienated her from many African-Americans - she was notoriously booed at the Soul Train Awards in the late 1980s. The filmmaker also revealed that he talked to Whitney's ex-husband, Bobby Brown.

Whitney Houston's legend status and star power were obvious; it was something everyone knew.

In this April 25, 2010 file photo, singer Whitney Houston performs at the o2 in London as part of her European tour.

Dee Dee Warwick in 1965. And she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it. Not necessarily in the public, but I don't think that was a secret within the music industry.

Macdonald continued: 'She seemed kind of asexual in a odd way. Dee Dee got her start singing in church and eventually started a gospel trio with Dionne and Cissy. And she said to me, "I just don't understand what happened, she was the most lovely girl, '".

Her presence is still very much felt and this documentary seems like the flawless, or as close to ideal, representation of her truth.

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