Film claims Houston was mo­lested by her cousin

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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

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