Whitney Houston's mom expresses “horror” over daughter's abuse claims

Roadside Attractions/MiramaxWhitney Houston‘s mother is refuting allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece, Dee Dee Warwick.

In am emotional statement to People magazine on behalf of herself and sister, singer Dionne Warwick, Houston said she first learned of the allegations just two days before the documentary Whitneypremiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16.

In the film, Whitney’s longtime assistant Mary Jones revealed that the late singer informed her that cousin Dee Dee molested her as a child. Whitney’s oldest brother Gary also claims he was molested between the ages of 7 and 9.

In the statement, Cissy Houston expresses her frustration with the “invasive theme,” of the biopic, saying “IF she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.”

Houston continues, “Dee Dee may have had her personal challenges but the idea that she would have molested my children is overwhelming and for us unfathomable.”

We cannot reconcile the Public’s need to know about Whitney’s life as justification for invasion of her privacy or the charge against Dee Dee, a charge which neither Whitney nor Dee Dee is here to deny, refute or affirm,” she adds.

The legendary gospel singer ends her statement saying that although the filmmakers had the “legal right to make [the film], I wonder at the moral right.”

Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008. Whitney Houston died four years later, in 2012. An accidental drowning with cocaine use and heart disease as contributing factors were ruled as the causes of her untimely demise.

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