Whitney Houston Documentary Shocks Audience at Cannes With Child Abuse Revelation

Whitney Biopic Hints Bobbi Kristina Brown's Suicide Attempt Before Her Mother's Death

Houston struggled with drug and alcohol dependancy all through her life.

Houston was sexually abused as a toddler by a Dionne Warwick's youthful sister, relations have claimed in a brand new documentary. The singer's half-brother, former National Basketball Association point guard Gary Garland-Houston said that both he and Houston were molested by their cousin as children.

Whitney, which is directed by the Scottish film-maker Kevin Macdonald, premiered at the Cannes film festival on Thursday. When you hear Mary Jones talking about it at the end, the shame that Whitney had about it, the fact that she couldn't take to her own mother about it...

Whitney's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, is a star contributor on paper, but he clams up totally when Macdonald tries to steer the conversation towards drugs, with the revealingly sinister comment, "That's not what this film is about".

Warwick, who was 18 years older than Houston, died in 2008.

He told me that Warwick abused him.

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.

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Garland agreed to appear on camera with his story.

MacDonald also told Vanity Fair that Dionne Warwick has been informed of the accusation, but that "any negative feelings toward her would be completely wrong".

It seems that Whitney felt very ashamed of what happened to her and couldn't go to her mother to tell her. She seemed kind of asexual in a odd way. The documentary mentions Robyn Crawford - Houston's longtime best friend and supposed romantic partner - and their alleged relationship. "She's this handsome woman but she's very closed in her demeanor".

She recalls Miss Houston saying: 'Mary, I was [abused] too. "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".

"I think she will watch the film at some stage, but it's obviously up to her when she wants to do that."

The Warwick household has been contacted for remark.

Get all your Whitney-related questions answered when the film hits theaters July 6.

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