Whitney Houston's mum expresses 'shock' over abuse claims

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

But instead, the doco only raised more questions after one theory claimed that the child abuse Whitney allegedly experienced as a youngster was the reason behind her demise as an adult.

She adds that she, Dionne and Whitney's brother Michael had never heard of the allegations before.

In the new Whitney documentary, in which director Kevin Macdonald interviewed over 70 of the music icon's closest family and friends, allegations are made that claim Whitney and her elder half-brother, Gary Garland, were molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, when they were children and that Whitney remained traumatized throughout adulthood.

"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", the joint statement released Wednesday by Cissy and soul singer Dionne Warwick reads.

Whitney was a public person but the family reportedly had no idea that any sexual assault claims would be included in the film, despite it being marketed as a Houston family approved project.

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In the six years since Whitney Houston's tragic death at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2012, there have been numerous documentaries and stories exploring the singer's troubled life entangled in addiction.

"Neither Whitney nor Dee Dee are here to deny, refute or affirm... How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, to our family?"

Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008. In the film, Mary Jones, her personal assistant, says she told the singer, "You've got to tell your mother Dee Dee molested you". Their full statement is available to read here.

ET has reached out to Cissy and Dionne for comment. I say, NO, she was a famous person ... a singer, an actress, a quiet but generous philanthropist. "Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not drag herself down all alone-there was a cause".

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