MTO News learned that a controversial new film is making a startling claim – that Whiteny Houston and her half-brother, Gary, were allegedly molested as children by their cousin Dee Dee Warwick. Dee Dee is the sister of Dionne Warwick and the niece of Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston.
Here’s how the documentary maker claims he was able to come up with the tea:
In [Whitney’s assistant Mary] Jones’s emotional interview, she recalls a conversation she had with the late singer, during which Jones revealed that her sister had been molested as a child.
“[Houston] looked at me and said, ‘Mary, I was molested at a young age too. But it wasn’t by a man—it was a woman,’” recalls Jones in the film. “She had tears in her eyes. She says, ‘Mommy don’t know the things we went through.’ I said, ‘Have you ever told your mother?’ She says, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe you need to tell her.’ She said, ‘No, my mother would hurt somebody if I told her who it was.’ She just had tears rolling down her face, and I just hugged her. I said, ‘One day when you get the nerve, you need to tell your mother. It will lift the burden off you.’”
Houston never spoke publicly about the alleged abuse
Dee Dee was a member of the group Gospelaires in the 1950s and 1960s, with sister Dionne Warwick. She also was a member of Cissy’s gospel group, the Drinkard Singers. More recently, Dee Dee sang backup for Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.