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6 August 2018, 13:41 | Updated: 6 August 2018, 14:05
"It's totally hogwash..."
Dionne Warwick has denied allegations that her sister Dee Dee abused the late Whitney Houston.
The recent documentary Whitney sees several people claim that both Whitney and her half-brother Gary were molested as children by their cousin Dee Dee Warwick.
Legendary soul singer Dionne has now rejected the accusations, telling Larry King: “I have tried to refrain from responding to that.
"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.”
Whitney's mother Cissy Houston has also questioned the allegations made in 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.”
Cissy added that the filmmakers had kept the claims from her, and that she only found out about them two days before its premiere at Cannes. She also said that her daughter would not have wanted them to be made public.
“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.”
Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008 at the age of 66, while Whitney passed away in 2012.