Whitney Houston’s mother is speaking out about claims made in a new documentary that her daughter was molested by her cousin, singer Dee Dee Warwick.
In the film “Whitney”, allegations are made that the superstar and her brother Gary were both sexually molested as children by the late Warwick, causing trauma that stretched far into Houston’s adult life.
In a statement to People, Houston’s mother Cissy spoke on behalf of herself and Warwick’s sister Dionne, responding to the claims and saying they could not “overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick molested two of my three children.
“I’ve been told—as justification for the invasive theme of this film—that Whitney was a public person and therefore the public has a right to know any and everything about her,” Cissy continued. “I say, NO, she was a famous person… a singer, an actress, a quiet but generous philanthropist.
“Although she spoke about her struggle with drugs, the interventions, her daughter Krissi and issues in her marriage, she never PUBLICLY spoke about her father’s stealing from her or revealed any claim that she had been molested.” Cissy added, “IF she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.”
Cissy also cast shade on Mary Jones, Houston’s longtime assistant, who shared the molestation claims in the documentary.
“I know the woman who was identified as Whitney’s ‘close confidante’. If she was my daughter’s ‘close confidante’ it would seem she chose to betray Whitney’s confidence by publicizing rumours and hearsay.”
On the allegations against Warwick, Cissy said, “Dee Dee may have had her personal challenges but the idea that she would have molested my children is overwhelming and for us unfathomable. We cannot reconcile the Public’s need to know about Whitney’s life as justification for invasion of her privacy or the charge against Dee Dee, a charge which neither Whitney nor Dee Dee is here to deny, refute or affirm.”
Finally, Cissy addressed the way the documentary tells the story of her daughter’s life.
“I am heartbroken that despite all she accomplished fans and haters alike are left with the notion that she lived her life as a victim,” she said, adding, “We just want people to know there is another side. While the filmmakers certainly had the legal right to make this film, I wonder at the moral right.”