A brand new Whitney Houston documentary has alleged the singer was sexually abused as a child.
Directed by Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, Whitney – which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival – claims that the singing icon was abused by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick.
The allegations are made in the documentary by Houston’s half-brother, former NBA basketball player Gary Garland-Houston, as well as her assistant Mary Jones.
According to The Guardian, Garland-Houston alleges – alongside her former manager Pat Houston – that he was abused by Warwick between the ages of seven and nine when Whitney would have been just three or four-years-old. Jones reportedly claims that Houston used to speak of being “molested at a young age” by a woman.
Dee Dee Warwick, who enjoyed success as a gospel performer in the early 70s, was the niece of Houston’s mother. Her older sister was soul-singing legend Dionne Warwick.
Whitney, described as”the definitive story” of the legendary singer, is said to feature interviews with a variety of Houston’s relatives and friends.
Macdonald, speaking about the claims, told Deadline: “I first began to suspect that there might be some kind of abuse involved before anyone had actually told me. I just had a sense, having sat watching interviews about her, watching footage of her. I had a feeling that there was something wrong with her.
Houston – one of the most successful recording artists of all time – passed away in 2012 at the age of 48 after drowning in a bathtub.
Three years later, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub and died aged 22 after spending six months in a coma
The documentary on Whitney will be released in UK cinemas on 6 July, 2018.