Robyn Crawford, who recently released a memoir detailing her 30-year friendship with Whitney Houston, said in a television appearance that she would have known if the iconic singer had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child by a family member.
Appearing on NBC’s Today show in a live interview, Crawford said that during her conversations with Houston over the years, there was no mention of any abuse from a relative. That goes contrary to the allegation in the 2018 documentary Whitney, which claims her cousin Dee Dee Warwick molested her.
“She never mentioned to me that she was molested by Dee Dee and we talked a lot about our families,” said Crawford, 58, who met Houston in 1980 when they were teens working at a summer camp in New Jersey. “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,” she added.
In stark contradiction, the late singer’s half-brother Gary Garland told Whitney director Kevin Macdonald that Warwick, who died in 2008, had sexually abused him.
The molestation allegedly took place when he was between 7 and 9 years old and Warwick was in her mid- to late-20s. Garland went on to reveal he believed Houston had been molested as well.
His wife, Pat Houston, and Houston’s aunt, Mary Jones came forward to confirm Houston told them she had been abused as well. But in response to the shocking bombshell Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, and cousin Dionne Warwick, denounced the claim, calling it “unfathomable.”
While speaking with NBC anchor Craig Melvin, Crawford also shared how Houston’s drug troubles, which began when she was a teen, only worsened when ex-husband Bobby Brown came into the picture. She says his presence overall was the impetus for her stepping away from Houston’s life.
“Bobby had something to do with the moment I had said I had enough,” conceded Crawford. “Bobby was annoying. He was very annoying… [But] I moved on because I felt I had done all I could do.”
“Bobby had something to do with the moment where I said ‘I had enough’, but even then I was still on her payroll for close to a month after that.”
Whitney Houston’s best friend, Robyn Crawford, on the star’s relationship with Bobby Brown. pic.twitter.com/0VS7BFqrHW
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As for those who ask why she’s speaking out now, seven years after the star’s death, she explains, “I felt like all that she had left us — all the accolades, all the awards — were covered with all the tragedy, her legacy was just covered. And I just wanted to reach, and pick her up, take everyone into the Whitney that I know that shows this career, who was ready for this career, who elevated to heights that one could only dream up. I wanted to lift her legacy, where she could hold it.”
Crawford, whose memoir is titled A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston, is now a physical therapist and has a family with her longtime partner Lisa Hintleman.