Film claims Houston was molested by her cousin
A NEW documentary about the life of Whitney Houston claims that the tragic singer was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul musician Dee Dee Warwick. The revelation in ‘Whitney’, which was made with the cooperation of the singer’s family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which was premiered Thursday at the Cannes film festival.
Houston’s assistant, Mary Jones, who Whitney called “Aunt Mary,” discovered her face down in a Beverly Hills bath the night she died, told the filmmakers that she was abused as a child and was later unable to come to terms with her sexuality.
It may help to shine a new light on the singer’s descent into drug addiction and early death at 48 in 2012.
She also struggled with drug addiction
Dee Dee Warwick was the younger sister of the soul legend Dionne Warwick. She also struggled with drug addiction and died aged 63 in 2008.
“For a long time I had looked at her on screen and thought there’s something about this woman that feels so uncomfortable,” Macdonald said, adding: She doesn’t enjoy her own body in some way. She’s very beautiful but not sexual, she feels uncomfortable in her skin. Then somebody told me that they had spoken to Whitney about it and that’s what she had said had happened to her, and she felt that that was the origins of her unhappiness.”
‘Whitney’ is the second film about the singer in less than a year. AFP