Cissy Houston Feels ‘Shock & Horror’ Niece Allegedly Molested Whitney Houston: It’s Not Fair To Dee Dee Warwick Or My Daughter!
Following the premiere of the “Whitney” documentary at the Cannes Film Festival (May 16), it was revealed Whitney Houston and her brother, Gary was allegedly molested by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick as children. The documentary detailed the rise and fall of Houston’s career. Oscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald, interviewed over 60 of Whitney’s closet friends and family members who were with her up until her last days.
Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, did not learn about these new allegations until after the premiere. Since the discovery, and the US release of the doc, Cissy has responded to these newly learned claims. She said in a statement,
We cannot overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick . . . molested two of my three children. Neither Whitney nor Dee Dee are here to deny, refute or affirm. . . How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, to our family?
According to reports, the claim comes by the way of Whitney’s assistant, Mary Jones. Jones says she was heavily conflicted with revealing this troubling secret, but felt it was imperative there needed to be a different side to Whitney. She stated,
I was close to Whitney, she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself. I deeply love and respect Dionne [Warwick], Cissy and their entire families, and my intention was never to embarrass anyone in the family, but rather to bring to light that Whitney was subjected to something painful and troubling as a child. And it’s something that happens to other innocent kids and goes unspoken too much.
I decided to share the story so that people might understand that throughout her entire life Whitney carried this with her, and the weight of it was immense. Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not drag herself down all alone—there was a cause.
Was it Mary’s place to reveal a secret like this or she should she have brought it to Cissy first?