As Kevin Macdonald, director of the new documentary "Whitney," explained to Yahoo Entertainment, it was Houston's recording of the Dolly Parton song "I Will Always Love You" that put her on the al-Qaida leader's radar.
"Whitney" director Kevin Macdonald talks to us about how he discovered explosive claims of Whitney Houston's childhood abuse, and the decision to name her abuser.
Audiences are filing out of the world premiere screening of Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney at the Cannes Film Festival tonight, a new documentary that sheds fresh light on iconic singer Whitney Houston’s tragic and puzzling rise-and-fall story. Interviewing Houston’s closest family and friends, Macdonald made two illuminating new discoveries that appear in the film: one, that the singer had been abused as a child, and, two, that the abuser was a woman, Houston’s cousin Dee-Dee…
The first look at Whitney, in theaters July 6, focuses on the singer's incredible talent as well as the burden of stardom. "All the things coming at her, she just wanted to escape the pressure," a family member says in voiceover.