Mackenzie Phillips, teen star of the 70s TV show One Day at a Time, claims she maintained a long-time, consensual sexual relationship with her father, John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.
Phillips, writes in the book High on Arrival that her father had sex with her on the night before she was to marry Jeff Sessler, a member of the Rolling Stones crew, in 1979.
An excerpt in People magazine states (republished on MSNBC.com):
“On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it,” writes Phillips, who was 19 and a heavy drug user at the time. “I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad’s bed.”
“My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.
“Had this happened before? I didn’t know. All I can say is it was the first time I was aware of it. For a moment I was in my body, in that horrible truth, and then I slid back into a blackout.”
Amazingly, the relationship later became consensual and Phillips claims her father wanted to run off to another country together where this sort of thing would be accepted. She pins the on the drug addled fantasies of a sick man but acknowledges her knowing it was wrong all along.
“He was completely delusional. No, I thought, we’re going to hell for this.”
Makes it hard to listen to those songs in the same light, doesn’t it?
Ex-Wife and Mamas & the Papas member Michelle Phillips doesn’t buy it. She apparently told Roger Friedman of the Hollywood Reporter that Mackenzie has “a lot of mental illness,” and that “she’s had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years.”
She also suspects the timing of this revelation since the Mackenzie’s book is due out at the same time as her half-sister Chynna Phillips‘ new album.
“Mackenzie is jealous of her siblings, who have accomplished a lot and did not become drug addicts,” Michelle says.
Chynna is thinking the same thing we at GLONO have been wondering. She told Us Magazine that she has no reason to doubt Mackenzie’s story: “I mean, who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn’t true?”
Set yer TiVos, Mackenzie is set to talk about the claims to Oprah today.