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Whitney Houston was molested by Dee Dee Warwick, new documentary says

Whitney Houston was molested by Dee Dee Warwick, new documentary says

Set to premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival today, the new Kevin Macdonald documentary Whitney delves into the life of Whitney Houston, peaking into unseen corners through rare footage of the artist herself and through the lenses of those closest to her. Houston struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout her life.

Tom Grierson, writing in Screen Daily, wrote: "Whitney is strongest when it connects Houston to the larger history of Black America, illustrating how this glamorous performer grew up in poverty and never entirely escaped the obligation of helping to pull up her underprivileged family members".

Houston died at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012, by accidentally drowning in a bathtub following a heart attack brought on after years of substance abuse.

It has been six years now since Houston died, putting the final full stop on a long and turbulent life which saw her make newspaper headlines for a quarter of a century, first for the gift of a soulful voice that made her a singing star around the world, and later as a drug-ravaged shadow of her former self.

In Whitney, both the filmmaker and Houston's family hopes to finally set the record straight about the iconic singer, but Macdonald said he was not initially interested in telling Houston's story until he talked to her agent.

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"There was something very disturbed about her, because she was never comfortable in her own skin..." And she said to me, "I just don't understand what happened, she was the most lovely girl, ' and this was someone who knew her really well".

"I thought that was a very unusual thing, and it kind of reminded me of people I'd seen who had suffered from abuse, just in their body language and their sense of holding something back". The documentary mentions Robyn Crawford - Houston's longtime best friend and supposed romantic partner - and their alleged relationship. She was a lovely woman, but she was never particularly sexy. "There was something preventing her, in some way, from expressing her real self". I think that only lasted quite a short time.

The Guardian has contacted representatives of the Warwick family for comment on the allegations.

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


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