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Cissy Houston has responded to her children, Whitney Houston and Gary, being molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, which was revealed in the Whitney documentary. According to The Jasmine Brand, Cissy did not learn about these allegations until after the documentary premiered. She has since released a statement, saying, “We cannot overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick . . . molested two of my three children. Neither Whitney nor Dee Dee are here to deny, refute or affirm. . . How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, to our family?”

The claim reportedly came from Whitney’s assistant, Mary Jones. Jones said that she was conflicted with revealing this secret, but she thought there needed to be a different side to Whitney. She said, “I was close to Whitney, she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself. I deeply love and respect Dionne [Warwick], Cissy and their entire families, and my intention was never to embarrass anyone in the family, but rather to bring to light that Whitney was subjected to something painful and troubling as a child. And it’s something that happens to other innocent kids and goes unspoken too much.”

Jones added, “I decided to share the story so that people might understand that throughout her entire life Whitney carried this with her, and the weight of it was immense. Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not drag herself down all alone—there was a cause.”

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