Dee Dee Warwick was 18 years older than Whitney Houston and died in 2008. Then I [interviewed] Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant [throughout] the last 10 years of her life, and who knew her better probably better in that period than anybody else.
However, Whitney never told mom Cissy Houston about her painful childhood trauma. The film includes a number of interviews with Houston's relatives and those who were close to her, as well as unseen footage of The Bodyguard singer.
Gary Houston, Whitney's half-brother, also said he was sexually abused between the age of seven and nine by a female family member, in the documentary.
Houston died after she drowned in the bathtub of a hotel room in Los Angeles, after many years dealing with her own problems with substance abuse.
Dee Dee Warwick was the niece of Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston.
The molestation allegations made in "Whitney" only add more sadness to the troubled life of Houston. Whitney will be released in United Kingdom cinemas on July 6. "These are specific revelations that I think will get people to a deeper understanding of who Whitney was and in many ways redeem her as a person", said producer Simon Chinn. "I wouldn't be surprised if [Houston] didn't tell him". 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.' So at that stage, I'd had the confirmation that something had happened, but I didn't know who it was.
Whitney filmmaker Kevin MacDonald unintentionally exposed a family secret Whitney Houston took to her grave.
Who wouldn't have paid to find out, for example, what Michael Jackson and Prince really thought of each other, if they would even have accounts, or say Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan and Anita Baker? They offer a rare glimpse into Whitney's upbringing, with Whitney herself pointing to the pressure she felt to be great in a family of singers.
"There was something very disturbed about her, because she was never comfortable in her own skin", he told VF. It's because there is this unusual absence of her.
The documentary reveals another conversation Jones had with Houston on the subject just before her death. [Her estate] entrusted me with the 'keys to the vault' while giving me complete freedom to follow the story wherever it went. "She's this handsome woman but she's very closed in her demeanour".
Macdonald says Cissy Houston has been told about the allegations and is "very upset".