Robyn Crawford says that if Whitney Houston was molested by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, ‘I would know about it’
Robyn Crawford says that as Whitney Houston’s best friend, lover, roommate, confidante and professional gatekeeper, she would have known if the singer had been molested as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick.
Crawford appeared on Monday’s Today show to promote her book, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston, and was asked about the molestation allegation that surfaced in the 2018 documentary Whitney.
“She never mentioned to me that she was molested by Dee Dee and we talked a lot about our families,” replied Crawford, who met Houston when they were teens working at a summer camp and became inseparable. “And she shared her concerns about her family and disappointments and the love of her family.
“If there was any truth to that, I would know about it,” Crawford added.
In the book, Crawford wrote that Houston was “very close” to the Warwick family. Dionne, already an established performer, took Houston under her wing professionally. And “Whitney loved Dee Dee,” who was also a singer but had drug dependency issues, and spoke fondly of her, Crawford wrote.
Houston’s half-brother Gary Garland told Whitney director Kevin Macdonald that Dee Dee, who died in 2008, sexually abused him as a child. He claimed he was between 7 to 9 years old when it allegedly occurred, while Dee Dee was in her mid- to late-20s. He said he believed Houston had been molested as well. Garland’s wife, Pat Houston, and Houston’s aunt, Mary Jones, also claimed Houston told them she had been abused.