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Whitney ‘sexually abused’, film claims

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Whitney Houston

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Houston died at the age of 48 in 2012

A brand new documentary about slack singer Whitney Houston alleges that her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, sexually abused her.

Houston’s 1/2-brother Gary Garland-Houston and her assistant, Mary Jones, each made the claims against Dee Dee, who died in 2008.

The film, Whitney, is directed by way of Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald.

Dee Dee Warwick is the younger sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick and changed into the niece of Houston’s mom.

Whitney debuted in Cannes on Wednesday night time.

The Warwick circle of relatives has been contacted for statement by way of the BBC.

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Kevin Macdonald with Whitney’s niece Rayah Houston and the film’s manufacturer, Whitney’s sister in-regulation Pat Houston

Houston, who offered 1000’s of 1000’s of data and had hits with songs like I Will Repeatedly Esteem You and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, died in 2012 at the age of 48.

She drowned in a bath in a hotel and the coroner ruled that cocaine exhaust and middle sickness have been parts in her loss of life.

Houston ended her risky 15-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2007.

Their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died at a hospice in 2015 at the age of 22, six months after she changed into came upon unresponsive in a bath.

Film author and manufacturer Kaleem Aftab changed into amongst the ones to praise the film.

Nonetheless he added a turn out of caution.

Fellow author Ali Benz changed into additionally a fan.

Owen Gleiberman, film critic at Diversity, wrote: “We don’t essentially need one other documentary to remind us of what a extremely good and transformative singer Whitney Houston modified into. Whitney does one thing extra significant: It plunges into the ‘Why?’ and comes up with a shatteringly convincing reply.”

Tom Grierson, writing in Cowl Daily, wrote: “Whitney is strongest when it connects Houston to the bigger historical past of Sunless The US, illustrating how this glamorous performer grew up in poverty and by no system fully escaped the duty of serving to to drag up her underprivileged family people.”

The Cases’s Ed Potton gave it a four-important explicit particular person assessment while The Telegraph’s Tim Robey changed into additional lukewarm, giving it 3 stars and writing: “The film is oddly unmoving as a memorial, nonetheless as with Amy Winehouse, it inspires a collective mea culpa for the feeding frenzy of public judgement that fully grew to change into to sympathy when it modified into some distance too slack.”

David Rooney, a critic for The Hollywood Reporter, wrote: “It’s a riveting anecdote, and even those no longer among Houston’s extra passionate fan rotten will bag it an emotionally wrenching trip.”

Whitney will probably be launched in UK and US cinemas on 6 July.

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