Mackenzie Phillips says that she had an abortion after Papa John raped her
The daughter of The Mamas and the Papas star John Phillips has claimed they had an incestuous relationship - and sister Chynna has backed her
The American actress Mackenzie Phillips has revealed she was raped by her father, John Phillips, a member of the 1960s band The Mamas and the Papas, best known for their singles California Dreamin' and Monday, Monday. The encounter led to a long-term consensual relationship, during which she became pregnant and had an abortion, not knowing whether the father of the child was her father or her husband.
Phillips makes her claim in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to be broadcast today and the relationship with her father is described in detail in her new autobiography, High on Arrival. She also describes her one-night stand with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger - who she claims told her: "I've been waiting for this since you were 10 years old" - and how her father introduced her to cocaine.
Phillips, a child actor who appeared in American Graffiti and then the TV sitcom One Day at a Time, writes: "On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it. 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."
It was 1979 and the 19-year-old Phillips was engaged to musician Jeff Sessler. The following year, she and her father were in rehab together.
Chynna Phillips, Mackenzie's half-sister, today told Us Weekly that Mackenzie had phoned her in 1997 and confessed to the affair. Of her sister's eve-of-wedding encounter with her father, Chynna said: "Was he actually raping her? I don't know. Do I believe that they had an incestuous relationship and that it went on for 10 years? Yes."
John Phillips died in 2001 after a life of heroin and cocaine addiction. Mackenzie claims she confronted her father on his deathbed, saying: "We have to talk about when you raped me." He replied: "You mean when we made love?"
However, she also told her father that she forgave him. "I would not be the woman I am had I not been your daughter," she said to him. ·
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