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

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The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night, May 16, and audience members were stunned by the revelation the singer was abused as a child.

Officially sanctioned by Whitney's estate, it features the singer as she deals with her family life, fame, and struggles with drug addiction.

Some of the people who sat down for interviews include Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown, Arista Records founder Clive Davis (who discovered her), and Kevin Costner with whom she co-starred in The Bodyguard. According to its synopsis, the film promises to be "an intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston's life".

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And then Houston's longtime assistant Mary Jones, one of the singer's most trusted confidantes, says that Houston was molested, too. "Paula Abdul ain't shit", she says.

"He wanted to be on the stage". "It made her question her sexual preference", says Jones, who suspects that by marrying Brown and becoming a mother, Houston was trying in vain to emulate a more conventional life. There are also allegations discussed in the film that Houston's father and accountant John Houston was stealing earnings from her. "And eventually, she (Houston) stepped down to lift him up". Reid makes a bold statement in the trailer saying he wasn't aware of Houston's drug use.

Whitney Houston's ascent into the upper echelons of the music industry, alongside her tragic demise, will be recounted in the upcoming documentary aptly titled Whitney. All the experts I spoke to about this area and this issue told me that it's best to talk about these things and best for them to be out. You can check it out the Miramax and Roadside Attractions in theaters (in North America) starting July 6. "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.

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