Chynna Phillips Confirms Mackenzie Phillips Affair

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In her new memoir, actress Mackenzie Phillips scandalously and disturbingly reveals that she had a 10-year affair with her father, musician John Phillips.

It's an outrageous claim, but likely (and sadly) not an untrue one.

Mackenzie's half-sister, Chynna Phillips, backs her up all the way.

Chynna, of the hit 90s group Wilson Phillips, shares her side of the sad tale, recalling how she once got a call from Mackenzie, now 49, in 1997.

This was 11 years after the affair had ended. Mackenzie Phillips spilled to Chynna, now 41, all about how their father had an affair with her.

"She said, 'I don't know why, but I just really felt the need to call you and tell you something that I think you need to know,'" Chynna Phillips said.

Chynna Phillips believes Mackenzie's story 100 percent.

"[Mackenzie] went on to tell me that she had had an incestuous relationship with our dad (of '60s band The Mamas and the Papas) for about 10 years."

When the affair began, John Phillips was married to his third wife, model Genevieve ­Waïte. Chynna's reaction, not surprisingly, was total shock.

"Somebody could have dropped a piano on my head and I probably wouldn't have felt it," the singer says in an interview with 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?"

She says the news sent her into "a deep, deep sadness and depression."

In her book, High on Arrival, Mackenzie Phillips also claims she and her father did drugs together and that her father "shot me up for the first time."

Chynna confirms this as well: "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," 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."

Mackenzie Phillips and her father, Jon Phillips.


Frst of all NO ONE knows if this story is true except for the two people involved!!! BUT,if it is true,it is the sickest, saddest fact I have ever heard. If a FATHER drugged and tortured (mentally and sexually) an innocent child they only desrve the worst that death ( and hopefully the devil) can offer. If She itup she is just crazy but not as fucking crazy as her father if it is true. I tend to believe it is true. People who are capable of commiting what he is accused of are genetic misfits, wastes of life, and should be tortured ETERNALLY.....


Rene took the words out of my mouth. Mac was obviously in serious trouble when starring in one life to live. Now we know why. I am so filled with admiration and awe for Mackenzie. I am also very touched by her siblings reactions. Her stepmother can't handle the truth. But whatever she started up w/ Mr.Mac at age 16. Mr. Mac was deeply sick. Not only is he guilty of raping his daughter,he's also a pedophile. I mean A 16 year old wife? Mackenzies revelations come on the heels of Kathy Griffins revelations about her pedophile brother. Both these women are Heros in my book. What they are doing by disclosing is reaching unknowable numbers of people struggling with their own family histories of abuse. Now if only David Carradine's incest victim will finally get some help too.


Bet Dr. Phil has her lined up as a guest already! maybe he can help her deal with this. i cant believe after all those years no one else clued in to what was happening & spilled the beans...someone must have seen somthing...seriously.


Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people freak the hell out and start spewing venom when faced with information their little tiny minds can't handle. Not everyone gets to grow up trauma-free, and so
time your itty- bitty little pea brains just have to process it. This kind of thing happens a lot more frequently than you know. Deal with it. Too effing bad if it makes you all squirmy and uncomfortable, you weak- willed sheep. Don't like the underbelly of human existance? Keep watching Disney.


fyi... Oprah does NOT pay the people she interviews on her show. So Mackinzie didn't make any money from Oprah. And I seriously doubt she'll make megamillions from selling her book. I really don't think monetary greed was a motive here. I think self-survival and an honest desire to help other incest victims was a few of her main motives.


10 effing years? WTH? It's either she was in it willingly, or she is lying. Either way, her father isn't here to defend himself or be held accountable. How convenient! This woman is cashing in on an alleged tragedy. I'm sorry for not feeling sorry for her. But to announce it on Oprah rather than inform the authorities when the supposed culprit was still alive? What's that I hear? Oh yeah, the clinking sound. Cha-ching!$$$$


I can't believe some of these comments that are blaming her and putting her on the same level as her dad. When she was a child he shot her up with drugs and had her doing drugs with him all the time. What parent would ever do that? She was too young at the time to have chosen to be an addict. Who even know if the abuse started earlier? When she was 19, he raped her in a blackout after drug use. By the point she was having consensual sex with him, she was probably in a complete fog. It is really sad that some of the comments are so cruel to her.


wow. It's unbelievable that anyone would blame Mackenzie for what she did. When your parent is teaching you a certain lifestyle, it's awfully hard to question it, even if you suspect it's wrong. As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, I guarantee that it screws with your head. Badly. Drugs and sex were a family lifestyle. And you expect her to buck that when it's what she was trained to do? You have a serious problem if you think she should have just overcome these huge obstacles. There is a special place in hell for people like that.


this woman has had a needle in her arm for over thirty years. an addict is always thinking up new ways to get money. once the hoopla passes on this one she will have another bombshell to tell.


THANK YOU Mackenzie!!! your not alone...

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Mackenzie Phillips Biography

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Mackenzie Phillips rose to fame on the TV show One Day at a Time. She's an actress and singer that also starred in American Graffiti.... More »
Alexandria, Virginia
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Laura Mackenzie Phillips