Mackenzie Phillips‘ controversial allegation — that she and her father John Phillips had a 10-year incestuous relationship — from her book “High on Arrival” that was also revealed on “Oprah” Thursday have caused a debate about the claim’s veracity.
So far it appears that the Phillips’ family is split in their reactions, while certain outsiders are taking Mackenzie at her word.
People who don’t believe the allegations
Ex-wife Genevieve Waite in a statement read by Oprah Winfrey: “I am stunned by Mackenzie’s terrible allegations about her father. I would often complain to John about her overly familiar attitude toward him and he would tell me that was just her way. John was a good man, who had the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. He was incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such a relationship with his own child.”
Ex-wife Michelle Phillips to The Hollywood Reporter blog Showbiz 411: “[Mackenzie] told me [in 1997], then she called me back and said, ‘You know I’m joking,’ I said it wasn’t funny. Mackenzie said, ‘I guess we have different senses of humor.’ John was a bad parent, and a drug addict. But [expletive deleted] his daughter? If she thinks it’s true, why isn’t she with a good psychiatrist on a couch? I think it’s unconscionable that Oprah would let her do her show. I have every reason to believe it’s untrue. Oprah should be more judicious about who she has on her show.
“Mackenzie has a lot of mental illness. She’s had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years. She was arrested for heroin and coke just recently. She did ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and now she writes a book. The whole thing is timed. Mackenzie is jealous of her siblings, who have accomplished a lot and did not become drug addicts.”
[Editorial note: At least two of Mackenzie Phillips’ half-siblings, Bijou and Tamerlane Phillips, have a history with drug abuse.]
People who believe the allegations
Half-sister Chynna Phillips, UsWeekly: “I knew it was true. I mean, who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn’t true? They were both doing drugs together. After long nights of heroin use, she’s claiming that she once woke up and that my father was on top of her having sex with her. 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.”
Chynna Phillips recently released a new album with Vaugh Penn, “One Reason,” and will appear on “Oprah” Friday, Sept. 25.
Addiction specialist and “Celebrity Rehab” host Dr. Drew Pinsky on “Extra”: “What’s unusual about Mackenzie’s case is there’s a romantic quality to the relationship. [John Phillips] was almost a cult leader where he was sort of using mind control over people and telling them that his way of seeing things was the right way. When you’re a kid, you have no other way of seeing things and if you’re then given drugs and addicted at the same time, it’s hopeless for the young person … This was somebody she really cares about and this was despicable situation.”
People on the fence
Half-brother Tamerlane Phillips isn’t sure if the allegations are true, but he acknowledges that his family has problems.
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