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Angela Bassett defends Whitney Houston film biopic

DEFENSIVE: Actress and director, Angela Bassett

ACTRESS AND director Angela Bassett has defended her upcoming Whitney Houston biopic against criticism from Houston's family.

Bassett is set to direct the Lifetime channel movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as the late music icon.

Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, has expressed her displeasure with the project, criticising the team behind it.

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby," Cissy Houston said in a statement.

Bassett, 56, did in fact, have a personal relationship with Houston, which developed when they worked together on the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, reported the Huffington Voice.

The actress shared some of her favourite stories from that production during an interview with HuffPost Live, and explained why she feels equipped to tell Houston's story on screen.

Bassett said: "I did spend a little time [with] her, but to know her intimately, intimately - I mean, who does but the person and the Lord they serve? Who knows a person?

"But I know a little about being in the spotlight, a little about celebrity and its demands, a little about trying to find a mate and the support that's needed in your industry - mine being acting, hers [the] music industry.

She added: "I know about being a woman, about being a black woman that came up in a little hometown. So I know a little bit about what it might have been like."

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