Whitney Houston's family members are still grappling with claims that the late singer was molested by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick-an accusation brought to light in the new documentary Whitney. "We can not reconcile the public's need to know about Whitney's life as justification for invasion of her privacy or the charge against Dee Dee, a charge which neither Whitney nor Dee Dee is here to deny, refute or affirm", she writes, calling the claims in the film "rumour, innuendo and hearsay".
In a statement to People magazine on behalf of herself and sister, singer Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston revealed they first learned of the claims two days before the documentary "Whitney" premiered in May. I say, NO, she was a famous person ... Houston's half-brother, Gary Garland-Houston, alleges Dee Dee molested him and Whitney when he was aged between seven and nine, claims corroborated by Whitney's assistant, who said the singer told her she was "molested at a young age" by a woman.
"A charge which neither Whitney nor Dee Dee is here to deny' ..." "Neither I, Dionne, nor my son Michael who was very close to his sister, and in the film is VERY candid about their drug use, has ever heard these allegations; we have never heard anything remotely connected to the crimes charged against Dee Dee in the film. How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, or to our family?"
In the statement, Cissy Houston says Dee Dee Warwick may have had her "personal challenges", but the idea that she would have molested her children is "overwhelming and unfathomable".
Read the full statement and more from PEOPLE's cover story here.