Houston was ‘sex­u­ally abused by her cousin’

Irish Independent - - World News - Har­riet Alexan­der

WHIT­NEY HOUSTON was sex­u­ally abused by her cousin, the late Amer­i­can soul singer Dee Dee War­wick, ac­cord­ing to a new doc­u­men­tary which pre­miered at Cannes.

‘Whit­ney’, by Kevin Mac­don­ald, is the story of the singer’s life, au­tho­rised by her fam­ily. Houston died in a bath at the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel in 2012, aged 48.

Gary Gar­land, her brother, speaks of their child­hood and said his great­est trauma was be­ing mo­lested “by a fe­male rel­a­tive” be­tween the ages of seven and nine.

Mary Jones, Houston’s as­sis­tant and the per­son who found her body, said Houston told her the same thing.

She re­called Houston say­ing: “Mary, I was too. It was a woman.”

Ms Jones, asked if the per­son was named, replied: “It was Dee Dee War­wick.”

Houston never told her mother Cissy out of fear of the reper­cus­sions.

“I think she was ashamed,” said Ms Jones, adding the abuse made Whit­ney Houston “ques­tion her sexual pref­er­ence” – there have long been ru­mours in the pop world the star was bi­sex­ual – and hid that she was gay in favour of mar­ry­ing a man.

Houston en­dured a tu­mul­tuous mar­riage to Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2007, which was famed for vi­o­lent out­bursts and abuse.

Their daugh­ter Bobbi Kristina Brown died in 2015 aged 22, be­ing found – like her mother – dead in a bath.

Mac­don­ald, who won the Os­car for best doc­u­men­tary with his 1999 film ‘One Day in Septem­ber’, said he was ini­tially not in­ter­ested in Houston but dis­cov­ered “some­thing deeply trou­bling and mys­te­ri­ous about her”.

Photo: Reuters

‘Whit­ney’ di­rec­tor Kevin Mac­don­ald (cen­tre) in Cannes with ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Ni­cole David (front, right) and Pat Houston (cen­tre, left) and pro­duc­ers Lisa Erspamer (right) and Rayah Houston (left). In­set, Whit­ney Houston.

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