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By Damilola Faustino

Whitney Houston was allegedly molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, according to the new documentary Whitney, which recently premiered at Cannes.

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The claims were made by Houston’s longtime assistant Mary Jones and Houston’s brother Gary Garland-Houston. Jones said Whitney told her that Warwick molested her at a young age, while Garland-Houston said that a female family member abused him as a child, as well as his sister.

Jones suggested the alleged trauma stuck with Houston throughout her life, causing her to question her own sexuality and contributing to her struggles with drugs.

According to the film, the alleged incidents took place while Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, was on tour. The movie also reportedly notes that Houston often insisted on bringing her own daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, on the road with her.

“We always wanted our film to be a corrective to that tabloid story,” said the film’s producer, Simon Chinn. “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.”

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.  She died on 11 February 2012 after suffering a massive heart attack and drowned in a bathtub.

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