Whitney Houston’s mother expresses ‘shock and horror’ over documentary’s abuse claims

Last week, an upcoming Whitney Houston documentary surprised the family by revealing information about incidents of sexual assault against Whitney and her brother as children.

"In the documentary, which premiered nearly two months ago at the Cannes Film Festival, a claim is made that Whitney was molested by Dee Dee Warwick, her cousin and Dionne's sister.

We can not, however, overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister) molested two of my three children", the joint statement released Wednesday by Cissy and soul singer Dionne Warwick reads. "I've been told - as justification for the invasive theme of this film - that Whitney was a public person and therefore the public has a right to know any and everything about her".

The claims were made in Whitney, Kevin McDonald's documentary feature about the singer, who died in 2012 following a history of drug use. Dee Dee died in 2008, having also had a history of drug addiction.

Now, Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, is speaking out about the allegations-issuing a statement to People on behalf of herself and her niece, Dionne Warwick.

The accusations in question come near the end of Macdonald's documentary after the Oscar-winning filmmaker delves deep into Whitney's demons - at times with commentary from Cissy and other members of Whitney's family and platonic personal circle, including ex-husband Bobby Brown and estate executor and sister-in-law Pat Houston. Many were shocked to learn about the allegations, especially considering they were against Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston's niece.

For the full statement, head over to People. Whitney is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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