Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Whitney Houston Documentary Alleges the Singer Was Sexually Abused as a Child

Whitney Houston Documentary Alleges the Singer Was Sexually Abused as a Child

On Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Kevin Macdonald told Vanity Fair he suspected the singer had "suffered childhood sexual abuse" as he watched hundreds of hours of private footage. Houston's hits included "I Will Always Love You", "Saving All My Love For You", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love of All".

Houston's assistant, Mary Jones, who Whitney called "Aunt Mary" - and who discovered her face down in a Beverly Hills bath the night she died - said the singer told her she was molested.

"Whitney" alleges Houston's cousin, singer Dee Dee Warwick, sexually abused her as a child.

Of course, it's Houston's mother, Cissy, who closes the trailer. [Her estate] entrusted me with the 'keys to the vault' while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went. It was a woman'.

Both Gary and Whitney were left with Dee Dee and other relatives since their mother Cissy Houston was a successful backup singer for artists like Aretha Franklin. Also, she was the younger sister of renowned singer Dionne Warwick. There was something about her discomfort in her own skin, something about the way she presents or hides herself, her lack of overt sexuality. There are also allegations discussed in the film that Houston's father and accountant John Houston was stealing earnings from her.

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Jones said Houston was ashamed to reveal the incident to anyone, and used to say, "I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her". However, Brown later claimed that Houston was bisexual and once dated her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford. Then it hit him that she reminded him on another movie of his, about child sexual abuse.

Macdonald re-edited the entire film to build to Jone's emotional revelation. "He told me that he was abused by a woman in the family, and Pat Houston told me that, yes, Whitney had said to her, 'This is what happened'". Many credit Brown for Whitney's downward spiral into drugs and depression.

Houston enjoyed huge success in the 1980s and 90s, selling more than 170million albums. "Nicole sent me this article about Whitney's rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner" and how that changed how the song has been understood and sung ever since. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning in her bathtub.

In regards to the alleged molestation, Whitney never spoke publicly about it but according to MacDonald, he saw how she was affected in certain interviews she gave. She also claims it played a role in her drug problems later on in life.

The Houston family posted this photo of Whitney and an infant Bobbi Kristina on Sunday, July 26, 2015, the day that "Krissy" died.

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