Past the hour mark in Kevin Macdonald's acclaimed documentary Whitney, released earlier this summer, a bombshell drops. At that moment in the film, several family and friends of the late singer Whitney Houston reveal that she was allegedly molested by Dee Dee Warnick, her cousin, as a child. It is a heartbreaking confession, and one that proves to be among the documentary's most revealing and devastating moments. It is also, unquestionably, the moment that has drawn the most controversy since the movie first made its official premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Dee Dee Warwick passed away in 2008, which makes it impossible to hear her side of the story. But Dionne Warwick believes these allegations made against her sister are not only incorrect, but "evil." In a recent interview, Dionne claims that these allegations are basically slander, and she believes that the documentary is promoting falsehoods against her sibling. Here's what Dionne Warwick said about the allegations presented against her late sister.
I have tried to refrain from responding to that. First of all, it's totally hogwash. My sister would never, ever have done anything to do any harm to any child, especially within our family. And for those lies to be perpetuated in this so-called documentary film, yeah, I think it's evil.
Dionne Warwick's perspective was presented in an interview she provided with Larry King Now. In the conversation, Dionne admits to being "shocked" by the accusations found in the documentary. She went as far as to say that she'd "never, ever forgive those who perpetuate this insanity." Whitney was made in cooperation with the Houston family, and the allegations made in the film were presented by Mary Jones, Whitney Houston's long-time assistant, and Whitney's brother Gary Garland-Houston, who both tearfully claim the late musician confided this information in secret before her untimely death. Garland-Houston, meanwhile, also claimed he was molested by a female member of the family during this segment in the movie.
Whitney Houston never spoke publicly about this alleged incident, but Mary Jones claims that it had long-term consequences for her friend. The assistant suggests this moment early in Houston's life caused the musician to question her sexuality, and that it might've contributed to Whitney's troubled history with drug and alcohol abuse. It is a heartbreaking moment that provides a new perspective on Whitney Houston's already-tragic life, but Dionne Warwick doesn't believe these allegations hold any credibility, and she believes it's dishonest for the filmmakers to make these allegations.
You can hear Dionne Warwick's comments on Larry King Now below.
Whitney is still playing in limited theaters. Whitney Houston passed away on February 11th, 2012 in the Beverly Hills Hotel. The cause of death was ruled to be an accidental drowning in the bathtub. Houston's history of heart disease and drug use might've contributed to her early death. She was 48 years old, and she is far from forgotten.