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Nick says it was record label boss Clive Davis who who was able to spin Whitney's background and transform her into an artist beloved by white America.'I'd always been fed the line that Bobby Brown had introduced her to drugs so it was a kind of a revelation that it was more the brothers from Newark,' Nick said.
'The fact that she grew up in Newark wasn't something that was ever made anything of anyway, in a way I think everybody was surprised that she grew up in the hood, although it makes complete sense.
She was the darling of white American teenage girls.'Both the filmmaker and those he interviewed agree that the group surrounding the singer, including Bobby, Robyn, the family and even Whitney herself, were violent.
Nick said: 'One of the things that surprised me is that he never came out in his defense. Then there was the whole domestic violence thing too and I think everybody in that group was pretty violent with each other.
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The filmmaker, whose movie about the legend airs on the BBC this weekend, finds it bizarre that Whitney's fans are so interested in her sexuality and the nature of her relationship with Robyn.
He told Mail Online: 'It's almost like people want the condom or here's the stained sheet.
I think she did an amazing job of keeping her on the rails, keeping her more or less on time for interviews and that kind of thing.
'Certainly the people closest to Whitney, like Bobby Brown and Patti Howard, all feel that Robyn got driven out.