Dionne Warwick Defends Sister Over Molestation Claim, Blasts Family For Rumors
Over the past month, there’s been lots of talk about Dionne Warwick’s sister Dee Dee and the molestation allegations brought against her. Now for the first time, Dionne Warwick is speaking out about the situation and she definitely isn’t pleased with all the rumors. As expected, she’s standing by Dee Dee and she has a few choice words to say about all the drama surrounding the new documentary Whitney.
Molestation Claims In ‘Whitney’:
For those who haven’t seen the Houston family’s documentary on the life of Whitney Houston, her brother Gary actually revealed claims about him and Whitney being molested by Dee Dee Warwick. When Dionne sat down with Larry King a couple days ago, she was asked about the situation she quickly responded. She made it clear she’s not buyin’ any of the claims and she wasted no time refuting the rumors:
“I have tried to refrain from responding to that,” the 77-year-old singer explained. “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.”
She went on to offer a scathing statement about the people responsible for fueling the rumors:
“I will never, and I mean this, ever forgive those who perpetuated this insanity,” Dionne added.
Presumably she’s referring to the actual people who discussed the the allegations in their family’s “Whitney” documentary. Check out a clip from Dionne’s interview:
Details From The Documentary:
The latest news follows details from the newly released documentary. After the film’s release in July, it triggered various responses from people who were close to Whitney and fans wondered if there was truth to Gary’s claims.
According to Whitney’s longtime assistant, Mary Jones, who Whitney referred to as her ‘aunt,’ the information was true. During an interview with People magazine, she explained why she’d decided to share those alleged truths with the world:
“I was close to Whitney, she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself,” Jones previously told the publication in an exclusive statement. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
However, Cissy Houston has a totally different take on the situation. Apparently, she’s standing by her niece and finds the claims quite hard to believe. The Houston family matriarch also released a statement to People magazine on behalf of herself and the Warwick family. “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,” Cissy told Dionne Warwick’s interview with Larry King is scheduled to premiere on Hulu August 15.