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Dionne Warwick has denied claims that her sister sexually assaulted her cousin, Whitney Houston. According to Madamenoire, Whitney’s brother, Gary, revealed in the documentary about the late singer that she was allegedly molested by Dee Dee Warwick from the age seven to nine. Dionne has since spoken with Larry King Now, and has called the claims made by Whitney’s former assistant, Mary Jones, “evil.”

Dionne said, “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, I think it’s evil.”

Cissy Houston has also denounced the accusations, saying to People magazine, “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.”

Whitney’s former assistant has also said in a statement, “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, 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.”