Whitney Houston, late singer, was sexually abused by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, according to a new documentary about her life reveals.
Delia Juanita Warrick, known as Dee Dee Warwick, was a renowned American soul singer.
Gary Garland-Houston, Houston’s half-brother and Mary Jones, her assistant, made the allegations against Warwick, who died in 2008.
Recounting her chat with the late singer, Jones said: “[Houston] looked at me and said, ‘Mary, I was molested at a young age, too. But it wasn’t by a man—it was a woman. She had tears in her eyes. She says, ‘Mommy don’t know the things we went through.’ I said, ‘Have you ever told your mother?’ She says, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe you need to tell her.’ She said, ‘No, my mother would hurt somebody if I told her who it was.’ She just had tears rolling down her face, and I just hugged her. I said, ‘One day when you get the nerve, you need to tell your mother. It will lift the burden off you.’”
Jones noted Houston was ashamed to reveal the occurrence to anyone, and used to say, “I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her”.
‘Whitney’, directed by Kevin Macdonald, a Scottish filmmaker, premiered at Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.