Whitney, the new documentary about Whitney Houston which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, drops a major bombshell about the late icon: She was allegedly sexually abused as a child by Dee Dee Warwick, Houston’s cousin and the sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick.
This revelation comes at the end of the film (directed by award-winning Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald) when Houston’s former longtime assistant, Mary Jones, alleges that the singer told her that she was molested as a young child by her cousin Dee Dee, the niece of Houston’s mother Cissy Houston. Jones noted that Houston’s alleged molestation had a lasting effect on her life. “It made her question her sexual preference,” she notes in the doc. As for why Houston never told her mother: “I think she was ashamed,” says Jones. “If Cissy had known, she would ha