Whitney Houston's family claim late singer was sexually abused as a child

She was Whitney's best friend

She was Whitney's best friend

A new documentary centered around the famed life of Whitney Houston alleges Dee Dee Warwick, Houston's cousin and Dionne Warwick's sister, molested the singer when she was a young girl. Dee Dee Warwick was 18 years older than Whitney Houston and died in 2008.

The highly anticipated Whitney documentary didn't just reveal secrets about late singer Whitney Houston but her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown's life too. "I've...done some filming with people who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, and there was just something about her manner that was reminiscent to me of that sort of shrinking - a lack of comfort in her own physicality".

According to her family, Houston "was ashamed" to tell her mother of the abuse. "Pat Houston [Gary's wife], who's here, told me that, yeah, Whitney had told her this but not given any details".

Houston's own brother, Gary Garland-Houston, also says he was molested between the ages of 7 and 9 by Dee Dee, and believed his late sister was abused as well. Houston died in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel in February 2012, aged 48.

The documentary tells the story of Whitney's life through original studio recordings of his greatest hits and the vast archives of the Houston estate, which allowed Macdonald unprecedented access to rare home movie footage of the singer where she felt most comfortable.

"Whitney" opens in USA theaters on July 6. "These are specific revelations that I think will get people to a deeper understanding of who Whitney was and in many ways redeem her as a person".

"I said, 'Have you ever told your mother?'" Jones asked.

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The documetary will feature her hard relationship with former husband Bobby Brown, as well as insights from her mother Cissy Houston, longtime friend and rumored lover, Robyn Crawford, her co-star in The Bodyguard Kevin Costner, Paula Abdul, and Clive Davis. They wouldn't talk about it on camera, but they said Whitney had said to her that something had happened.

On April 23, 1988, Whitney celebrated having achieved Seven consecutive #1 singles, a record unbroken to this day.

Owen Gleiberman, film critic at Variety, wrote: "We don't necessarily need another documentary to remind us of what a powerful and transformative singer Whitney Houston was".

"She felt uncomfortable in her own skin in nearly every interview there was with her".

"She seemed kind of asexual in a unusual way", he added. She's this handsome woman but she's very closed in her demeanor.

Macdonald says Cissy Houston has been told about the allegations and is "very upset".

She made her first TV appearance in 1965, appearing alongside Dionne on NBC's Hullbaloo to perform a gospel song called Children, Go Where I Send Thee.

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