Mackenzie Phillips claims incestuous affair with rock icon

Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:41pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

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

In the memoir "High On Arrival", which came out a year after she was arrested for cocaine possession, Phillips writes that she first had sex with her father at age 19, the night before her brief 1979 marriage to 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 of heart failure in 2001.

"My father was not a man with boundaries," Phillips, 49, 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."

One of Phillips' four ex-wives cast doubt on her story, another said it was unfortunate that she went public, while her half-sister, pop singer Chynna Phillips, said she believed it.

"I mean, who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn't true," Chynna Phillips told US Weekly.

But Chynna's mother Michelle Phillips, the only surviving member of the Mamas and Papas, said in a statement that "whether her relationship ... is delusional or not," the public disclosure is "an unfortunate circumstance and very hurtful for our entire family."

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>