Whitney, the original documentary about Whitney Houston which debuted at the Cannes Film Pageant Wednesday, drops a predominant bombshell about the leisurely icon: She used to be allegedly sexually abused as a bit of of one by Dee Dee Warwick, Houston’s cousin and the sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick.
This revelation comes at the discontinuance of the film (directed by award-winning Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald) when Houston’s aged longtime assistant, Mary Jones, alleges that the singer told her that she used to be molested as a younger runt one by her cousin Dee Dee, the niece of Houston’s mom Cissy Houston. Jones great that Houston’s alleged molestation had a lasting produce on her lifestyles. “It made her question her sexual desire,” she notes in the doc. As for why Houston never told her mom: “I deem she used to be ashamed,” says Jones. “If Cissy had identified, she would indulge in done something about it, due to Cissy loves her younger people.”
Gary Houston, Whitney’s half-brother, moreover says he used to be sexually abused when he used to be ages seven to nine by a feminine family member in the film.
Whitney Houston died at the age of forty eight on Feb. eleven, 2012, having accidentally drowned in a bathtub after a coronary heart attack, triggered after years of substance abuse. Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008 at age 63.
Whitney used to be made with the cooperation of Houston’s property presents viewers an intimate perception into Houston’s personal lifestyles and struggles. Macdonald conducted spherical 70 interviews, from Clive Davis to Houston’s Bodyguard costar Kevin Costner. It touches on other parts of the monumental title’s timorous lifestyles, giving viewers a glimpse into all the pieces from her drug usage to tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, who moreover seems to be.
Macdonald alluded to the allegations when he spoke with EW closing month forward of the debut of the first Whitney trailer, asserting that the documentary would shed gentle into who Houston in actuality used to be, and incidents that — for better or worse — affected her later in lifestyles. “There are so a lot of revelations in the film that I deem I will’t in actuality focus on generous now, but which I deem will, even to people that in actuality feel they know this yarn, will indulge in a ways more sense of who she is and of these roughly things that we’re talking about,” he told EW.
Whereas poring by plot of thousands of hours of private house pictures for his film, Macdonald told Shallowness Swish that he had suspicions that something atrocious had took place in Houston’s lifestyles. “There used to be something very shy about her, due to she used to be never elated in her hang pores and skin,” he told the publication. “She looked roughly asexual in a unfamiliar methodology. She used to be an extra special girl, but she used to be never particularly horny. I’ve seen and done some filming with people which indulge in suffered childhood sexual abuse, and there used to be real something about her manner that used to be reminiscent to me of that style of worried.”
Macdonald foreshadowed to EW how viewers would notice the connection to Houston’s family and how this influenced her sexual and romantic lifestyles. The documentary mentions Robyn Crawford — Houston’s longtime pleasurable friend and supposed romantic accomplice — and their alleged relationship. “She used to be the one one that preferred her who in actuality main to capture fragment but didn’t,” Macdonald told to EW of Crawford. “I deem it’s must you notice the film, you’ll notice she clearly played a huge fragment in Whitney’s lifestyles, nonetheless it’s no longer the gargantuan key that unlocks who she is. I deem it’s all about her family, in actuality.”
EW has reached out to reps for Dionne Warwick and the filmmaker for additional comment.
Whitney shall be released in theaters on July 6.
Sarah Rodman provided additional reporting for this yarn.