Cissy Houston Speaks Out Against Whitney Houston Biopic: ‘Please Let Her Rest’

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At least Angela Bassett will have an idea of the parties to blame if she wakes up tomorrow with a roots box at her front door.

 In a statement released to ET today, the late Whitney Houston‘s mother Cissy Houston says that the family is “exhausted” by the “continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her.” She also pleaded with fans to “please let her rest.”

“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,” ET reports the statement as saying.

“In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her.”

“We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest.”

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The Angela Bassett-directed made for television biopic will feature former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contestant Yaya DaCosta as Our Fair Lady Nippy, Yolanda Ross as friend Robyn Crawford, Suzzanne Douglas as Cissy Houston and Mark Rolston as Clive Davis.

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Earlier this month, a Lifetime rep confirmed that “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” but that R&B singer Deborah Cox will be providing the “vocal tracks.” Shooting has begun and the film is expected to premiere in early 2015.