Dionne Warwick is in complete denial the abuse allegations that were made against her sister Dee Dee Warwick. Whitney, a bio pick about Whitney Houston’s life, revealed that both the singer and her half-brother, Gary Houston, we molested when they were children.
Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, trod carefully when commenting on the subject last month.
“We cannot, however, overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne’s sister) molested two my three children. … IF Whitney] was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions people in a film.”
This time around, the singer is less gentle in her response when the subject was broached in her interview with Larry King.
The full interview will air on August 15.
Both Whitney Houston and Dee Warwick have passed. The delicate matter might not ever be settled formally. Still, it is unfortunate that Gary Houston’s testimony is being dismissed considering the trauma this type abuse causes its victims. He is said to have been disowned by his mother after speaking his truth. A source closed to the family commented on the frayed relationship.
Last week, an upcoming Whitney Houston documentary surprised the family by revealing information about incidents sexual assault against Whitney and her brother as children. Many were shocked to learn about the allegations, especially considering they were against Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston’s niece. Cissy, Whitney’s mother has issued an ficial statement about the allegations being made and she is in absolute “shock and horror” regarding the information being made available.
Speaking directly with People, Cissy and Dionne Warwick revealed their surprise at the new details. They said the following:
Whitney was a public person but the family reportedly had no idea that any sexual assault claims would be included in the film, despite it being marketed as a Houston family approved project. Their full statement is available to read here.
Whitney Houston is notorious nowadays not only for her singing range and heart-wrenching songs like “The Greatest Love All,” but for her tumultuous personal life. So much so that Pusha T and Kanye West made the scene Houston’s gruesome death the cover the coke-rap album Daytona. The druggy mythology Houston has almost come to precede her music in the public eye.
A new documentary, Whitney, delves into the personal side Houston’s life, so much so that that it surprised Houston’s mother, with the exposure her daughter’s (and son’s) sexual assault as children. Houston’s assault was apparently perpetrated by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick (sister Dionne), who was also a prominent singer but from the preceding generation (Warwick is 18 years Houston’s senior). The connection between the assault and Houston’s later drug addiction is course not certain, but the two are undeniably linked, says the film’s director, Kevin Macdonald:
“I don’t think you can explain anyone’s life from one particular event that’s happened to them. But I think that it’s certainly fair to say that it’s maybe, in my opinion, the major contributor to Whitney’s unhappiness. That and the fact that she never talked about it, and that nobody in the family talked about this and clearly it happened as you’d learned in the film.”
The film is set to release tomorrow, the 6th July. While you’re waiting, watch the Whitney trailer below: