Dee Dee Warwick was once accused of molesting Whitney Houston, and the late singer's sister, Dionne Warwick, reveals she'll never forgive those who made those claims.
A self-named documentary about Whitney Houston revealed a shocking claim made by her very own assistant, Marie Jones. She claimed the singer was molested by her own cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick.
During an interview with People about her entire life while promoting her album "She's Back," Warwick says she is still furious about the claims made about her sister, who passed away in 2008.
Musician Dionne Warwick attends the 88th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade | Source: Getty Images
PROTECTING HER LATE SISTER
During the interview, Dionne couldn't help but express her anger to those who accused her late sister of doing such a thing. She said:
“All I can say about Dee Dee is that she was a loving, caring, giving person. What was depicted of her is absolutely untrue and something I will never forgive.”
ON DIONNE'S SIDE
Hoping to clear Dee Dee's name, Whitney's own mother, Cissy Houston, released a statement on behalf of Dionne, claiming that Dee Dee was unfairly accused by the assistant.
In the statement, she said that neither Whitney nor Dee Dee is around to deny, refute, or affirm the accusations. She added that she, Dionne, and his son Michael also cannot say anything about the claim as they have never heard anything like it before.
BREAKING HER SILENCE
Likewise, Dionne decided to speak up about the accusations despite admitting that she previously tried to stop herself from responding to anything related to the issue. However, she's had enough and decided to say that it's "totally hogwash."
The singer went on to say that her late sister would never have done anything to harm a child, especially one within their family. She called everyone who tried to paint a bad picture of her sister "evil," especially since she has already passed away, and they continue to make her look bad in public.
DIONNE'S RISE TO FAME
Born Marie Dionne Warwick on December 12, 1940, Dionne has had a longstanding career as a singer. Although she started singing in the '60s, some of the biggest hits in her career came later on in the 1980s.
Then, she worked on hits like "Friends In Love," "Heart Breaker," and the number 1 song "That's What Friends Are For." Her career was not spotless, as she was accused of not paying taxes amounting to $10 million.
UPDATES ON DIONNE'S LIFE
By 2013, Dionne declared bankruptcy, claiming she only had $1000 in cash and $1500 in personal property. In more recent times, she hosted a virtual birthday extravaganza for her 80th birthday last December 2020, and worked on a documentary about her life called "Don't Make Me Over."
When asked about where she finds the energy to perform at her age, Dionne shares it's because she loves what she does. She also shared that she calls her hits her "babies," and admitted she continues to enjoy singing each one of them.
As for her personal life, she remains close to her two grown-up sons, David and Damon, who have followed her footsteps into the entertainment industry. She also remains close to fellow stars Leslie Uggams, Gladys Knight, and Patti LaBelle.