Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 10:47 AM
A year ago, almost to the day, I wrote this somewhat tongue-in-cheek article
on Whitney Houston’s very public battle with drugs
. I lamented the tell-tale ravages of drug abuse that appeared in her once-beautiful face and derided her patently fatuous denials
about using drugs. And, in case some of you do not recall her now infamous interview
with Diane Sawyer of ABC’s Primetime,
here’s her most memorable denial on record:
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. Okay? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.
Nonetheless, because I was such a fan of her music, I ended that article on this plaintive note:
Well, as a firm believer in redemption and the power of prayer, I pray for Whitney’s recovery from drug addiction and that she recaptures just a little of that magic she had before things went so horribly wrong. Good luck Whitney!
Therefore, imagine my disappointment when I read the Less Than Zero eyewitness account of Whitney’s relapse into crack hell
that her own sister-in-law (husband Bobby’s sister Tina – herself a recovering crack addict) gave the tabloids this week.
Because, even though I retained healthy skepticism, she seemed to be on the path to recovery last year. After all, in February, her old mentor and record producer, Clive Davis
, told fans to expect a new album
from Whitney by “years end”. And, she even looked beautiful again
(in photo right
) when she appeared at BET’s 25th Anniversary Show in October.
Unfortunately, with Whitney reportedly looking the way she does (in this more recent photo above), one can make some fairly reasonable inferences as to why that long-awaited album never materialized.
Indeed, it seems neither family interventions nor serial stints in drug rehab was sufficient to keep her away from her crack pipe. And my cynicism is such that I have no doubt Whitney’s living hell will get a lot worse before it gets better, if it ever does.
Whatever Tina’s motive for revealing what Whitney and Bobby have not already aired of their dirty laundry (unwittingly and quite literally on their self-destructive reality show), don’t be too quick to dismiss the truth of her account.
As an attorney, I am professionally averse to libelous gossip. I’m also acutely aware, however, that the truth is an absolute defense against such lawsuits. However, if the allegations and pictures printed in the Canadian and UK tabloids chronicling her drug use are in anyway misleading, I have no doubt that Whitney will not only sue (because they always do to further their denials and for PR purposes), but also prevail. And, in that improbable case, I shall be the first to publish a retraction and sing her praises once again….
to read Tina’s accounts.