Whitney Houston’s family is actually “horrified” over brand new claims regarding the late singer’s life.
inside the brand new Whitney documentary, in which director Kevin Macdonald interviewed over 70 of the music icon’s closest family and also also also friends, allegations are made in which claim Whitney and also also also her elder half-brother, Gary Garland, were molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, when they were children and also also also in which Whitney remained traumatized throughout adulthood.
“We cannot overstate the shock and also also also horror we feel and also also also the difficulty we have believing in which my niece Dee Dee Warwick . . . molested two of my three children,” Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, said in a lengthy statement to People on behalf of herself and also also also Dee Dee’s sister, Dionne Warwick. “[Whitney] never publicly revealed any claim in which she had been molested. IF she was molested I do not believe she could have wanted This kind of to be revealed for the very first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.”
“Dee Dee may have had her personal challenges although the idea in which she could have molested my children is actually overwhelming and also also also for us unfathomable,” the statement continued. “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 actually here to deny, refute or affirm. Neither I, Dionne, nor my son Michael who was very close to his sister … has ever heard these allegations; we have never heard anything remotely connected to the crimes charged against Dee Dee inside the film. How can in which be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, or to our family?”
Read the full statement here.
Whitney’s brother, Gary, recently spoke with Great Morning America, in footage in which aired on Wednesday, where he responded to the allegations made inside the documentary.
“I was indeed nine years old and also also also I was being fondled with through time to time,” he claims. “although This kind of was a situation I didn’t understand. I knew This kind of was abnormal.”
Dee Dee, who was also a soul singer, died in October 2008, a few years before Whitney was tragically found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, 2012.
ET has reached out to Cissy and also also also Dionne for comment.