A brand new documentary approved by Whitney Houston’s property reveals the heartbreaking revelation that Whitney was sexually abused by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick—the sister of the legendary Dionne Warwick.
In “Whitney,” which was made with the cooperation of Houston’s household, the singer’s longtime assistant Mary Jones tells filmmaker Kevin Macdonald that the late singer advised her that Dee Dee molested her at a really younger age.
Houston’s personal brother, Gary Garland-Houston, additionally says he was molested between the ages of seven and 9 by Dee Dee, and believed his late sister was abused as properly.
Dee Dee Warwick, who was 18 years Houston’s senior, died in 2008, 4 years earlier than Houston died in a tub, which was partially brought on by coronary heart illness and drug use, in accordance with a coroner’s report.
The surprising revelations come about three quarters of the best way into the movie, and instantly forged a brand new gentle on Houston’s troubled life.
Jones claims that being molested by her older cousin made her query her personal sexuality and contributed to her issues with alcohol and drug abuse, although Whitney by no means spoke publicly about her personal alleged drug abuse.
Mary Jones says within the documentary, “I feel she was ashamed… she used to say, ‘I ponder if I did one thing to make [Dee Dee] suppose I wished her.’ I mentioned, ‘Cease. A predator is a predator is a predator.’ If Cissy had identified, she would have carried out one thing about it, as a result of Cissy loves her youngsters.’”
“We all the time wished our movie to be a corrective to that tabloid story,” mentioned producer Simon Chinn. “These are particular revelations that I feel 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 Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston. Dee Dee and her sister Dionne would typically sing in Cissy Houston’s gospel group, the Drinkard Sisters. Dee Dee Warwick, who earned two Grammy Award nominations in her profession, additionally sang backup for Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and others.
“Whitney,” which premiered on the Cannes Movie Competition Wednesday (Might 16) is scheduled for a nationwide launch in theaters this summer time on July seventh, suggests the alleged incidents of sexual abuse occurred whereas Cissy Houston was touring.
Due to what occurred to her as a baby whereas her mother was away touring, Whitney is alleged to have insisted on taking her daughter with Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on tour together with her. Bobbi Kristina died in 2015 after she was discovered unresponsive in a tub and was faraway from life assist following a six-month-long coma.
Kevin Macdonald, the director of “Whitney,” gave an in depth interview about how he confirmed the surprising sexual abuse allegations simply weeks earlier than he completed the movie in an unique interview with IndieWire.
“I had a way that there was one thing like that behind it,” he mentioned. “I’d watched her quite a bit. There was one thing about her discomfort in her personal pores and skin, one thing about the best way she presents or hides herself, her lack of overt sexuality. She’s this lovely lady however she’s very closed in her demeanor. I’d been watching her for a number of months and saying to the editors, ‘There’s one thing about her that jogs my memory of one thing.’”
Watch the trailer for “Whitney” under: