Filmmaker: I had to reveal sexual abuse of Whitney


An explosive new documentary about the tragic life of Whitney Houston claims the superstar was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee Warwick.

Mary Jones, who worked as Whitney's assistant for several years, also confirmed that the singer was molested. "She used to say, 'I wonder if I did something to make her think I wanted her, '" recalls Jones.

Explaining why she felt Houston never spoke up about what happened before, Jones said, "I think she was ashamed..." That film lacked either the endorsement or extensive involvement of the Houston family, above all her mother, Cissy Houston, presented there as the main architect and oppressive controller of her fame.

The allegations are made in the film by Gary Garland-Houston, Whitney Houston's half-brother, a former NBA basketball player who says he was also abused by Warwick between the ages of seven and nine. She died in 2008 at the age of 63.

Macdonald described the documentary as "an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston's life". Directed by Oscar victor Kevin Macdonald, the film explores the late singer's life and features interviews with those closest to her. The documentary called Whitney hits theaters on July 6. "I'm surmising that, I don't know that, but it feels like there's a lot of guilt, and a kind of posturing, and a self-protectiveness that's still going on there", the filmmaker said.

Brown, who was married to Houston for 14 years, tells Macdonald that drug abuse had "nothing to do" with Houston's death, although the coroner said it was a contributing factor. It covers her struggle with addiction through the eyes of her family and friends and the entry point for instability in her relationship with Bobby Brown.

Documentary alleges Whitney Houston was sexually abused as a child
Who was Dee Dee Warwick? Whitney Houston documentary unveils heart-wrenching secret about her cousin

Who wouldn't have paid to find out, for example, what Michael Jackson and Prince really thought of each other, if they would even have accounts, or say Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan and Anita Baker? Warwick is the late sister of singer Dionne Warwick.

"She seemed kind of asexual in a odd way", he added.

Of course, it's Houston's mother, Cissy, who closes the trailer.

It's been six years since singer Whitney Houston suddenly passed away, shocking the music world just days before the Grammys. "She's this lovely woman but she's very closed in her demeanour".

"[Brown's] the flawless example of somebody who is, I think, [feeling] just very guilty".

"I just felt she was so condemned towards the end of her life, so under-appreciated, that it seemed a good time to look at her career again", said Broomfield.

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