Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston say Whitney abuse claims are 'unfathomable'

Cissy Houston

In the film, Whitney Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones said the singer told her that cousin Dee Dee Warwick molested her as a child and Whitney's oldest brother also claimed he, too, was molested. Cissy, Whitney's mother has issued an official statement about the allegations being made and she is in absolute "shock and horror" regarding the information being made available. Although the film is marketed as a Houston Family approved/endorsed project, neither my son, Michael, Dionne nor I knew of the allegations of abuse, the direction the film would take, until two days before the screening at Cannes.

"I made a decision to share the story so that people might understand that throughout her entire life Whitney carried this with her, and the weight of it was huge", said Jones.

"We can not overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister) molested two of my three children", the statement reads, written by Houston. "She used to say, 'I wonder if I did anything to make her think I wanted her, ' and I'd say, 'Stop it. Stop it". "We can not 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". Many were shocked to learn about the allegations, especially considering they were against Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston's niece. "How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, to our family?"

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"I was close to Whitney, she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself", Jones told People in her own statement.

Dee Dee, who was also a soul singer, died in October 2008, a few years before Whitney was tragically found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012.

The Whitney documentary premiered in theaters on July 6.

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