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Mackenzie Phillips Opens Up On Oprah

Mackenzie Phillips Opens Up On Oprah

Mackenzie Phillips shocked the public recently when she went on Oprah to reveal her account of a long term sexual relationship she had with her famous father, John Phillips.  The public remembers John Phillips, who died in 2001, best for being the leader of the well known singing group The Mamas & the Papas.  Mackenzie Phillips is best known for her role in the popular late 70’s and early 80’s sitcom One Day At A Time where she began playing the part of Julie Cooper at the age of 16.  Reaction to Mackenzie’s claims have been met with varying degrees of sympathy and disbelief.

According to Mackenzie Phillips she was 19 when her father raped her while she was blacked out from drug use.  Both she and her father were well known drug abusers for most of their lives, Mackenzie Phillips claiming she first tried cocaine at the age of 11.  Phillips told Winfrey that she did drugs with her father often and he was the one who taught her how to roll joints and injected her with cocaine. 

Phillips’ new book High On Arrival describes a 10 year "consensual" incestuous relationship she had with her father that followed the rape.  Friends and family of Mackenzie Phillips have responded to her recent announcement on both sides of the fence, some stand behind her and feel she is telling the truth while others claim these are false allegations she is making about John Phillips. 

Michelle Phillips, John’s ex-wife and ex-band member of The Mamas & the Papas has criticized Mackenzie for taking the news public.  She submitted a statement to CNN saying that, "Whether her relationship with her father is delusional or not, it is an unfortunate circumstance and very hurtful for our entire family." 

Michelle Phillips’ daughter and Mackenzie Phillips’ half sister, Chynna Phillips, has shown support for her sister.  Chynna admitted on Oprah that she has known about Mackenzie’s incestuous relationship for the last 12 years.  As to whether or not she thinks her sister is telling the truth, Chynna says that she believes no one would go to great lengths to declare to the world that they were having a consensual incestuous relationship with their father unless it were true.

As to why Mackenzie Phillips would go public with this information, she explained to Winfrey, "I understand this is a difficult thing for my family but nobody’s talking about this, and if I’ve started a national dialogue, then I’m forever grateful.

What do you think of Mackenzie Phillips’ use of a public forum to reveal incest allegations against John Phillips?

Do you think a sexual relationship between a father and daughter could ever be considered "consensual" as Mackenzie Phillips calls it?

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  • tastebud12 By tastebud12
    09.27.09  

    Well, I have to say good for her for coming out but why now, that is my question? I am sure that it was a hard thing to do, not sure if I could go public but then again, she is well know and it would get out anyhow.

  • jemappel By jemappel
    09.27.09  

    I think there is no such thing as a "consensual" sexual relationship b/c a father and daughter. She probably has to convince herself that it was consensual b/c it she acknowledges what her father did to her, the fury would probably destroy her. I mean, giving your kid drugs at that young an age? This situation is one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard of, and it's just tragic for Mackenzie as well as many people around her.

  • lnlygrl96 By lnlygrl96
    09.27.09  

    I'm sorry to hear what a hard life she had to live!! How can you ever get close to your father after he done something like that to you. I couldn't even think of hugging my father after something like that.

  • SiLvEr-StArS By SiLvEr-StArS
    09.28.09  

    Wow huh, So Sad,What he did to her, It's very Scary to even think about what else want on? Either way you look at it, It's still Gross and Sick that Any1, never mind a parent could do such a thing. And he got away with it is even Sicker!!!!

  • junconventional By junconventional
    09.28.09  

    I have an issue with her deciding to go public when the person isn't there to defend or speak for themselves. She was nineteen and realizing that she was on drugs, I'm not sure how she could convince herself to continue that relationship. I'm not sure how he decided that was a proper relationship either.

  • Chanfan By Chanfan
    09.28.09  

    I hope that by her going public and saying outloud what she has gone through, that the healing process will begin for her. We trust our parents and family members to protect us and guide us to lead a healthy and productive life. When something like this happens, the victim tends to try and find reasons to validate why the person harmed them in this way. She is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • lbowlus By lbowlus
    09.28.09  

    I think that it is perfectly rational for her to go public now that her tormentor is dead. Now she can confront it without him too going on tv and declaring her a liar thus victimizing her again only this time publicly. Look at how her family is victimizing and they weren't even involved. Although on some level they knew and didn't want to know. I believe her. I have no reason not to. And even if she had been a chronic liar in the past and came out with this whopper now. I have to believe their is a Kernel of truth in everything a lair says. So, at least some of this happened. Her step mom only is concerned with how this make HER look. Not about McKenzey. She should really be ashamed of herself for saying anything at all. She only wants to get publicity for her dead career.

  • bdesarro By bdesarro
    09.28.09  

    After hearing so much buzz about this episode, i decided to watch it. i have mixed feelings. i don't understand why she is coming out and saying this. in my opinion, some things are meant to be kept either competely private, or only be told to the people that should know such as a therapist, close family members and close friends. i am quite confused as to why she has come out saying all of this. her poor son, what he must be going through. what about the girl that was married to her father, how embaressing for her. i don't know. i just don't think that this issue is something that should be this public.

  • shashuna32 By shashuna32
    09.28.09  

    Being a survivor of incest myself, I believe if she felt the need to tell what happened to her as a way of dealing with her pain, then who are any of us to judge her. That's whats wrong with a lot of families who have had this happen, people are being too quiet, but to bring it out makes the situation real. Some of my family still don't believe me, but I continue to go on with life. Yes, I have forgiven those who did what they did, but I have not forgotten. An incident occured with my four year old ( at the time) daughter where she was molested by two of her 13 year old cousins. So I just suggest that anyone who knows that a curse like that haunts your family speak up before it happens to someone you love.

  • pjkrotz By pjkrotz
    09.29.09  

    I have never had this happen to me, but I agree, we can't judge her for the decision she made to speak out. That is a terrible thing to happen and hopefully she can speak to someone who can help her now. Although I am sure, it will take some time, maybe she can being to heal now.

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