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Whitney Houston family slam biopic

Whitney Houston's family have slammed Angela Bassett's TV biopic about the late singer, branding it "the worst".

The American Horror story actress has made her directorial debut with the movie, titled Whitney, which has just aired on Lifetime in the US, and charts the relationship between Whitney and RnB star Bobby Brown.

Whitney was found dead, aged 48, in a hotel bathtub in 2012, the night before she was due to perform at the Grammy awards.

Her sister-in-law Pat Houston, president of the Whitney Houston estate, has posted a lengthy statement attacking Angela's film on the late star's official website.

She said: "If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst. You should not be surprised that someone decided to do a made for TV biopic. And, I might add, without the family's blessing and despite her mother's request to not do this movie."

Actress Angela had said she planned to send the film to Whitney's family before it aired on TV.

But in her statement Pat wrote: "The needs of Whitney's family matter. We have dealt with her every emotion from the day she was born until the day she died, which gives us absolute position and absolute authority as a family to feel the way we do about her legacy. We matter. We're still here. Why wasn't there a call to myself, Gary, Cissy or even her daughter? Why deny selected members of the family an advanced copy of the film?

"As we once again enter a season of bereavement and the strategic timing so close to the anniversary of Whitney's death, this is a disappointment that any of us who loved her could do without. This creative pursuit at the expense of the integrity of such an iconic woman, who is voiceless today, reeks of condemnation and deceit."

Whitney is due to air on Lifetime in the UK on February 12, 2015.

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