Mackenzie Phillips claims incestuous affair with rock icon

Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:43pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Mackenzie Phillips said in a memoir published on Wednesday that she had an incestuous affair for years with her father John Phillips, the late singer with 1960s band The Mamas & the Papas.

In the memoir "High On Arrival", which was published a year after she was arrested for cocaine possession, Phillips writes that she had sex with her father at age 19, the night before her 1979 marriage to Jeff Sessler, a member of the Rolling Stones' entourage.

The former star of TV sitcom "One Day at a Time" said she and her father used drugs that night. John Phillips died in 2001.

"My father was not a man with boundaries," Phillips writes. "He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night to find myself having sex with my own father."

Phillips' half-sister, Chynna Phillips, told US Weekly magazine she believed Mackenzie's story. Chynna said Mackenzie told her in a 1997 phone call about the incest and that it lasted for 10 years.

"Somebody could have dropped a piano on my head and I probably wouldn't have felt it," Chynna Phillips told US Weekly. "But I knew it was true. I mean, who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn't true."

On Wednesday afternoon, Mackenzie Phillips' "High On Arrival" was the 13th highest selling book at online retailer

In an interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey that aired on Wednesday, Mackenzie Phillips said that late in her relationship with her father, she became pregnant and suspected that he might be the unborn baby's dad.   Continued...

<p>Actress Mackenzie Phillips, one of the stars of the film "The Jacket", arrives for the screening of the film at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 23, 2005. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/CN</p>