Mackenzie Phillips: My Father Raped Me

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Before today, High on Arrival, the new memoir by childhood actress Mackenzie Phillips, would scarcely have made a blip on the celebrity gossip radar.

Now, due to a startling admission, it may become a best-seller.

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In the biography, Mackenzie says her father - John Phillips of the 1960s band The Mamas and the Papas - raped her when she was 19 years old.

"On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it," writes Phillips. "I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad's bed... I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father."

She continues:

"Had this happened before? I didn't know. All I can say is it was the first time I was aware of it. For a moment I was in my body, in that horrible truth, and then I slid back into a blackout."

Phillips says her dad would speak openly about running off to Fiji together, while she would simply think "we're going to hell for this."

Any admission made in a memoir must be questioned. Is the individual making up a story just to sell a book? We have no way of knowing for certain, especially because John Phillips died in 2001.

Mackenzie says she confronted her dad on his death bed and said: "We have to talk about when you raped me."

His reply: "You mean when we made love?"

Positively disgusting.


To those of you who have read and commented on it having personal experience with the same as this girl, know that this was not and never will be your fault! Your very person and your soul has been deeply affected by a sin that was perpetrated against you. God knows all our hearts and troubles, and He says to you, you never needed My forgiveness--I love you for WHO YOU ARE. Do not feel guilty or fraught with anxiety. He's with you even if you don't know it yet. Blessings,and God's peace...


Please read Mackenzie's book.
After your finished... then say something.
Read the back of the book.It was written by Augusten Burroughs
It says to me,all that I would say to Mackenzie.


same thing kinda happened to me, except i wuz 7 nd now im 13, my dad raped me in my apartment while my mom wuz at work, he came nd visit but ended up raping me..... twice!!!! it wuz da PAINFULLEST thing ever!! im still afraid to meet men to dis day.... nd i wuz only 7!!!


Comments like the one from dessertgirl, john and jj are the reasons why people don't come out with stuff like this earlier. It's humiliating enough being a victim to a crime like this but then to have people call you a liar and a slut and to say that you wanted it? Do you people even have hearts? If she has been promiscuous throughout the years it could be because of this abuse, victims of sexual abuse often become promiscuous as a way to try to regain control over their own sexuality. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.


This is just disturbing and it was something the world really didn't need to know. I mean why come out with it all of a sudden when it happened so long ago?


Gee, does her book have pictures?


Don't do drugs, and certainly don't do drugs with your children or your will destroy your family. It may be more common than recognized, but it is pretty sick.


Err...a saying with the words "dirty laundry" and "public" springs to mind...If true, then this is something for closed friends and family only .....duh!


I can believe Ms. Phillip story, the 60's-70's were drug filled years. I can remember my Dad saying to me that he heard having sex with your daughter was a great thing. Sad, to say but true on my part, thank-God I was in my early 20's and could walk away. Also, it's a testament to my mother for protecting me by never letting me live with him as I was growing up. I also remember meeting a young girl living in San Diego that was going through the court system to put her Dad away for forcing her to have sex with him while growing up. I'm very thankful to the All Mighty God that He delivered me from sex,rock-en-roll, and drug's. Ms Phillips is correct in saying that when you've kicked a habit you become a more responsible person and tell the truth. My life is truly changed by my decision to except Jesus who died on the cross for my sin’s.
John 3:16 read it and may the Lord change your life for excepting salvation.


I don't know what she hoped to accomplish by her revelations. I am disgusted by her. At the age of 19, it is no longer rape and certainly not at the age of 28. She was a CONSENTING ADULT -- A DISGUSTING, REVOLTING CONSENTING ADULT. She should have known right from wrong and she certainly wasn't high 24/7. I won't buy her book, nor will I ever watch her in any media format. If she is trying to revive her NON career, she needs massive amounts of soul transplant as well as TOO MUCH PLASTIC SURGERY! She is a NASTY, UGLY PERSON.

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