Whitney Houston Documentary Alleges the Singer Was Sexually Abused as a Child

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When Jones was asked why Houston never told her mother about the allegations, the former assistant said the singer was ashamed: "I think she was ashamed.she used to say, 'I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her.' I said, 'Stop".

The movie debuted on the Cannes Movie Competition and consists of interviews with Houston's half-brother, the previous NBA basketball participant Gary Garland-Houston, and her aunt, Mary Jones.

Whitney passed away on February 11, 2012, while Dee Dee died on October 18, 2008.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Whitney is produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, and Lisa Erspamer, and executive produced by Nicole David, Pat Houston, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, Zanne Devine, Rosanne Korenberg and Joe Patrick. It touches on other aspects of the star's troubled life, giving viewers a glimpse into everything from her drug usage to tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, who also appears. The trailer for Whitney places "heart" as a pivotal point in the documentary, which is appropriate, as it is the first Whitney Houston documentary to be made with the permission of the Houston family estate.

While poring through hundreds of hours of private home footage for his film, Macdonald told Vanity Fair that he had suspicions that something frightful had happened in Houston's life.

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"She felt uncomfortable in her own skin in nearly every interview there was with her".

"There were times when I looked up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?'" the singer says in one scene, seemingly pondering her rise to superstardom and the downfalls of fame. "I've seen and done some filming with people who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, and there was just something about her manner that was reminiscent to me of that sort of shrinking".

She recalls Miss Houston saying: 'Mary, I was [abused] too. One source close to the Warwick family said: 'Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry.

The Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, won't hit screens until July 6, but judging from the hot-off-the-press trailer, it will be worth the wait.

Sarah Rodman provided additional reporting for this story.

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