Whitney Houston's family members are still grappling with claims that the late singer was molested by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick-an accusation brought to light in the new documentary Whitney.
"In the documentary, which premiered nearly two months ago at the Cannes Film Festival, a claim is made that Whitney was molested by Dee Dee Warwick, her cousin and Dionne's sister". Although the film is marketed as a Houston Family approved/endorsed project, neither my son, Michael, Dionne nor I knew of the allegations of abuse, the direction the film would take, until two days before the screening at Cannes.
We can not, however, overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister) molested two of my three children. "IF she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film". Dee Dee died in 2008, having also had a history of drug addiction. Houston's half-brother, Gary Garland-Houston, alleges Dee Dee molested him and Whitney when he was aged between seven and nine, claims corroborated by Whitney's assistant, who said the singer told her she was "molested at a young age" by a woman.
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"A charge which neither Whitney nor Dee Dee is here to deny' ... How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, or to our family?" Many were shocked to learn about the allegations, especially considering they were against Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston's niece. "While the filmmakers certainly had the legal right to make this film, I wonder at the moral right".
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