The acclaimed new film Whitney, which was directed by Kevin MacDonald, was released in UK cinemas last month and alleges that both Houston and her half-brother Gary were molested by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of soul singer Dionne.
Now, the soul singer and actress has rejected the accusations.
“I have tried to refrain from responding to that.,” she told Larry King in a new interview. “First of all, it’s totally hogwash. My sister would never, ever have done anything to do any harm to any child, especially within our family.
“And for those lies to be perpetuated in this so-called documentary film [Whitney], I think it’s evil.”
This comes after Whitney’s mother Cissy also questioned the allegations made by the documentary.
“By this statement, we do not intend to defend, condone or excuse the crime of molestation,” she said. “We cannot, however, 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.”
She continued: “How I wish I could ask Dee Dee and [Whitney] what happened, but this film distinguishes itself from the other films about her by spreading rumour, innuendo and hearsay; leaving questions to which I’ll never have the answers.”
Houston’s mother added the filmmakers had kept the claims from her, saying she only found out about them two days before the documentary’s premiere at Cannes. She also argued that Houston would not have wanted them to be made public in such a way.
“Although she spoke about her struggle with drugs, the interventions, her daughter Krissi and her issues in her marriage, she never PUBLICLY spoke about her father’s stealing from her or revealed any claim that she had been molested,” Cissy added. “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.
“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.”
Speaking to NME in the claims made in the film, director Kevin MacDonald said: “Right at the beginning of the process, [the family] were onboard and I told them that they only way this works is if I have final cut. There were certain things, like finding out that Cissy had an affair with a preacher and that there was sexual abuse [of Whitney Houston by Dee Dee Warwick], that upset them.
“But I think for most of them – I’m not speaking for Cissy, because I think she felt differently – they felt it was the right thing to do.”
Dee Dee Warwick died on October 18, 2008. She was 66 years old. Houston, meanwhile, died on February 11, 2012, after drowning in a hotel bathtub.