Whitney Houston Documentary Trailer Features Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, & More

Danny Woods
May 17, 2018

Whitney, the new documentary about Whitney Houston which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, drops a major bombshell about the late icon: She was allegedly sexually abused as a child by Dee Dee Warwick, Houston's cousin and the sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick.

Two different people make the sexual assault claim on screen, including Houston's half-brother (and former National Basketball Association player) Gary Garland-Houston. Their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died in 2015 at 22.

Whitney was abused as a child, her family has claimed.

Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012, having accidentally drowned in a bathtub after a heart attack, brought on after years of substance abuse. Warwick died in 2008 at the age of 63 while reportedly struggling with narcotics addiction.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Whitney is produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, and Lisa Erspamer, and executive produced by Nicole David, Pat Houston, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, Zanne Devine, Rosanne Korenberg and Joe Patrick.

Whitney's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, is a star contributor on paper, but he clams up totally when Macdonald tries to steer the conversation towards drugs, with the revealingly sinister comment, "That's not what this film is about".

The full trailer for the upcoming Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, is now available on YouTube.

Her brother Gary Garland also speaks about their childhood in the documentary and discloses his greatest trauma was being abused "by a female relative".

Whitney Houston Documentary Trailer Features Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, & More

Macdonald told Vanity Fair that he was suspicious of Houston's behavior when analyzing hundreds of hours of private home footage.

"She felt uncomfortable in her own skin in nearly every interview there was with her". She seemed kind of asexual in a unusual way. "She was handsome", she said, "her heart". She says, 'Mommy don't know the things we went through.' I said, 'Have you ever told your mother?' She says, 'No.' I said, 'Well, maybe you need to tell her.' She said, 'No, my mother would hurt somebody if I told her who it was.' She just had tears rolling down her face, and I just hugged her.

Macdonald foreshadowed to EW how viewers would see the connection to Houston's family and how this influenced her sexual and romantic life.

Whitney explores other aspects of her sexuality as well, including her alleged affair with longtime friend Robyn Crawford. "She was the one person who loved her who really wanted to take part but didn't", Macdonald told to EW of Crawford.

"Shortly after thinking that, someone did tell me off the record about being told by Whitney about being abused, and it being one of the central reasons behind her self-torture", he continued.

"I think she will watch the film at some stage, but it's obviously up to her when she wants to do that."

Whitney arrives in theaters July 6.

Sarah Rodman provided additional reporting for this story.

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