Whit­ney Houston Sex­u­ally Abused as Child, Says Cannes Doc­u­men­tary

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An ex­plo­sive new doc­u­men­tary about the tragic life of Whit­ney Houston claims the su­per­star was sex­u­ally abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee War­wick, Agence France-Presse re­ported. .

The bomb­shell rev­e­la­tion in “Whit­ney”, made with the co­op­er­a­tion of the singer’s fam­ily, comes late in the film by Os­car­win­ning Scottish di­rec­tor Kevin Mac­don­ald, which pre­miered Thurs­day at the Cannes film fes­ti­val.

Houston’s as­sis­tant, Mary Jones, who Whit­ney called “Aunt Mary” -- and who dis­cov­ered her face down in a Bev­erly Hills bath the night she died -- said the singer told her she was mo­lested.

Her half-brother Gary Gar­landHous­ton cor­rob­o­rated the ac­count and said he was also sex­u­ally as­saulted by the younger sis­ter of soul legend Dionne War­wick.

The abuse al­le­ga­tion may help to shine a light on the singer’s trou­bled love life and de­scent into drug ad­dic­tion, which con­trib­uted to her early death at 48 in 2012.

The film presents her lon­gru­moured bi­sex­u­al­ity as fact but ar­gues she found it im­pos­si­ble to main­tain a re­la­tion­ship with fe­male part­ner Robyn Craw­ford due to her en­dur­ing trauma and the pres­sures of main­tain­ing her pub­lic im­age.

Houston’s destruc­tive re­la­tion­ship with the rap­per Bobby Brown is also tackled in the film, by the maker of “One Day in Septem­ber” about the deadly hostage-tak­ing of Is­raeli ath­letes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Brown, who was mar­ried to Houston for 14 years, tells Mac­don­ald that drug abuse had “noth­ing to do” with Houston’s death, although the coroner said it was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor.

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