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Whitney Houston was sexually abused during childhood, claims new documentary

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

A documentary on the life of Houston claims that the late American was sexually molested by her cousin during her childhood.

The film, titled "Whitney", is directed by the Scottish film-maker and was screened at recently.

The film features interviews with many of Houston's family members and friends. Two of her close relatives revealed that her abuser was Dee Dee Warwick, who died in 2008.

Mary Jones, Houston's aunt, told Macdonald that the superstar confided in her that she had been sexually abused by Warwick, the sister of and niece of Houston's mother

"It made her question her sexual preference," Jones said in the documentary, according to

"I think she was ashamed... If Cissy had known, she would have done something about it, because Cissy loves her children," she added.

Houston's half-brother, Gary Garland-Houston, a former basketball player, alleged that he and Houston were both sexually abused by Warwick and said the incidents happened between the ages of seven and nine.

The film also touches on Houston's sexuality, including her alleged affair with longtime companion Robyn Crawford, as well as her struggles to remain in the public eye while fighting off a debilitating drug addiction.

Houston won 22 AMAs in her legendary music career spanning nearly three decades. She passed away at the age of 48 in February 2012.

Houston struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout her life. She had a tumultuous marriage to

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:50 IST