New Whitney Trailer Takes You Beyond the Headlines

Joann Johnston
May 18, 2018

Whitney Houston's family and friends claim in the new documentary Whitney that the late music icon was molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick.

"That led somebody to tell me, 'Whitney told me she was abused, ' but they wouldn't go on camera", Macdonald said. She was a Grammy-nominated singer who sang backup for high-profile acts including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Cissy Houston, Whitney's mother and Dee Dee's aunt. After being asked what makes her angry in one press stop, she replies, "Child abuse makes me angry.I hate to see bothers me that children, who are helpless, who depend on adults for security and love, it just bothers me". Houston's brother Gary tells Macdonald that during those frequent stays, a female family member molested him from the ages of seven to nine. Houston died in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel in February 2012, aged 48.

Pat Houston, Houston's sister-in-law, manager, and estate executor, said she doesn't want Dionne Warwick to pay for her sister's alleged actions.

The allegations were made in the documentary "Whitney", which was made with the cooperation of Houston's family. The documentary features interviews with many of Houston's relatives and close acquaintances, including her half-brother Gary Garland-Houston and assistant Mary Jones.

Whitney will be released in United Kingdom and USA cinemas on 6 July.

"I never knew there was any addiction", Reid says, despite the longstanding stories about both Brown and Houston's struggle with drug abuse.

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Whitney's mother Cissy, who was a major influence in her daughter's life and career, never knew about the alleged abuse because Whitney was "ashamed" about what happened, Jones said. All of the things we're familiar with are there, from Houston putting her talent on display to the tabloid fodder that was her marriage to Bobby Brown and the drug use that plagued her life. They offer a rare glimpse into Whitney's upbringing, with Whitney herself pointing to the pressure she felt to be great in a family of singers. When you hear Mary Jones talking about it at the end, the shame that Whitney had about it, the fact that she couldn't take to her own mother about it...

A clip of a fan holding a sign at her funeral reads, "Whitney Houston 'You gave us more love than we will ever need'".

"It made her question her sexual preference", Jones said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Macdonald continued: 'She seemed kind of asexual in a unusual way.

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

Dee Dee was never confronted with the accusations and died in 2008. She was a lovely woman, but she was never particularly sexy.

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