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Whitney Houston Documentary Alleges the Singer Was Sexually Abused as a Child

17 May 2018, 05:30 | Israel Caldwell

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

The film will also highlight Houston's relationship with her mother who was admittedly tough on her superstar daughter.

The project is described as an "unflinching portrait" of the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker and her family, and will shed "new light" on her personal life.

Balancing the overall seriousness and somber tone of the trailer is a clip of Houston going in on another star of the times, Paula Abdul.

And then Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones, one of the singer's most trusted confidantes, says that Houston was molested, too.

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"When I was first approached about it, my immediate response was that I'm not really interested in Whitney Houston". Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage".

From director Kevin Macdonald ("Marley"), "Whitney", was executive produced by the Houston family and does not shy from the tragedy of the singer's drug abuse, emotional woe and the dizzying highs of her journey. "Paula Abdul ain't shit", Houston says. "I've seen and done some filming with people who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, and there was just something about her manner that was reminiscent to me of that sort of shrinking". "That girl is singing off-key on the record". "He wanted to be in the forefront, and eventually she stepped down to lift him up", says another witness to Whitney and Bobby's strained relationship. That film lacked either the endorsement or extensive involvement of the Houston family, above all her mother, Cissy Houston, presented there as the main architect and oppressive controller of her fame. Not necessarily in public, but I don't think that was a secret within the music industry. "And then Nicole sent me this article about Whitney's rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner" and how that changed how the song has been understood and sung ever since", he said.

The Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, won't hit screens until July 6, but judging from the hot-off-the-press trailer, it will be worth the wait.



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