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Published September 14 2009

Whitney Houston dishes about abusive marriage on Oprah

CHICAGO (AP) - Whitney Houston says ex-husband Bobby Brown was emotionally abusive during their marriage and at one point spit on her.

After a long absence from music, Houston is staging a career comeback with a new album last month and a two-part appearance on ``The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

On Monday, Houston told Winfrey that Brown wasn't physically abusive but that ``he slapped me once but he got hit on the head three times by me.'

The 46-year-old singer says she ``was horrified he spit on me, in my face' and that left her ``very hurt, very angry.'

Houston says she was attracted to Brown because he had control in their relationship.

Houston is one of the best-selling artists of all time, but her career stalled as she grappled with drug problems and a troubled marriage to Brown.