Whitney Houston was a sexual assault survivor, the new film on the fallen Amerian singer reveals.
The documentary, Whitney, revealed that the singer was assaulted by their cousin Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of musician Dionne Warwick.
In the film, Houston’s longtime assistant Mary Jones tells director and filmmaker Kevin Macdonald that Dee Dee molested her at a young age.
It was also revealed that Houston’s brother Gary Garland-Houston was molested between the ages of 7 and 9.
“Being a child — being seven, eight, nine years old — and being molested by a female family member of mine. My mother and father were gone a lot, so we stayed with a lot of different people … four, five different families who took care of us,” said Gary in the documentary.
The documentary further shows that Houston was not ready to tell her parents, especially her mother Cissy Houston. She also ended up dealing with self-image issues, struggling to figure out if there was anything she did to attract Dee Dee’s attention.
“I think she was ashamed,” she stated. “She used to say, ‘I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her.’ I said, ‘Stop. A predator is a predator is a predator.’ If Cissy had known, she would have done something about it, because Cissy loves her children,” Jones adds.
Here’s the trailer of the film, which was first shown at the Cannes Film Festival.