Whitney ‘sexually abused’, film claims

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A new documentary about the late singer Whitney Houston claims that her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, has been sexually abused.

Houston’s half-brother Gary Garland Houston and her assistant, Mary Jones, the claims against Dee Dee, died both in the year 2008.

The movie Whitney, directed by Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald.

Dee Dee Warwick, the younger sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick and was the niece of Houston’s mother.

Whitney made her debut in Cannes on Wednesday evening.

The Warwick family has been contacted for comment by the BBC.

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Houston, who died, sold millions of records and had hits with songs such as ” I Will Always Love you and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, 2012 at the age of 48.

She drowned ruled in a bathtub in a hotel, and the coroner, that the use of cocaine and heart disease factors in her death.

Houston ended their volatile 15-year marriage to the singer Bobby Brown in 2007.

Her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died in a hospice in 2015 at the age of 22 years, six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathroom.

Film screenwriter and producer Kaleem Aftab was among those to praise the film.

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But he added a note of caution.

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English writer Ali Benz is also a fan.

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Owen Gleiberman, film critic for the selection, wrote: “We need more documentation, which remind us of what was a powerful and transformative singer Whitney Houston. Whitney has a little more necessary: It delves into the ‘Why?’ and comes with a shatteringly convincing answer.”

Tom Grierson, writing in Screen Daily, wrote: “Whitney is strongest when it connects Houston to the larger history of Black America, shows how you grew up in this glamorous performers in poverty and to help never quite escaped the obligation to pull their disadvantaged members of the family.”

The Times ‘ Ed Potton, there was a four-star rating, while The Telegraph’s Tim Robey was more tepid, there are three stars and wrote: “The film is strangely rigid, like a monument, but as in the case of Amy Winehouse, a collective mea culpa delighted with it for the feeding frenzy of public judgement, the sympathy, when it is much too late.”

David Rooney, critic for The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “It is a captivating narrative, and even those that do not, under Houston more passionate fan-base, it is an emotionally painful experience.”

Whitney will be released in UK and US cinemas on may 6. July.

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