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....

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The Mackenzie Phillips story won't go away.

The former childhood star - who admitted to the world last week she carried on a long-term, sexual relationship with her father - appeared for the second time on Oprah last Friday and said she hopes she's setting a good example.

"I understand this is a difficult thing for my family," the recovering drug addict told Winfrey via satellite, "but nobody's talking about this, and if I've started a national dialogue, then I'm forever grateful."

Phillips has certainly started a dialogue, that's for sure.

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Half-sister Chynna Phillips is already on record, defending her sibling.

Now, Jessica Woods, the daughter of former Mamas & Papas band member Denny Doherty, has also taken her friend's side. She wrote in to Oprah and said her dad knew about the affair.

"I just watched your show," Woods wrote, "and everything she said is true. My dad told me the awful truth, and he was horrified at what John had done."

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Chynna Phillips has confirmed that her half-sister carried on a long, incestuous affair with their father, John Phillips.

Now, as disgusting as it is to contemplate, a long-time friend of Mackenzie Phillips is also backing up her pal's story.

Owen Elliot, the daughter of John’s bandmate Cass Elliot, told Extra this week:

“Mackenzie is my best friend. She speaks her truth, and it’s not a pretty truth. She has lived with this for 30-plus years, and talking about this now is an important part of her recovery. I am very proud of her. Her bravery in telling her story is bound to help others.”

Whether or not it's true, it's also bound to make her a lot of money.

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Her sisters are upset, her stepmom calls her a liar, but Mackenzie Phillips isn't backing down from her claim of a long-term sexual relationship with her dad.

She hopes to become the public face of incest, not a post anyone would want to hold, but one that represents an issue she says gets too little attention.

"If I've started a national dialogue that's going to help people face these issues, then I'm forever grateful," Phillips, 49, said Friday via satellite on Oprah.

Mackenzie Phillips, who revealed her shocking secret in a new memoir, High on Arrival, appeared for the second time this week on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

She returned to Oprah to face the doubts from her family about the nature of her relationship with John Phillips, founder of the band The Mamas and the Papas.

Bijou, Chynna and Mackenzie Phillips.

On Friday's show, Winfrey read comments made by John's ex-wife, Michelle, who was also a member of the band and later Mackenzie's stepmother:

"I have every reason to believe it's untrue," Michelle Phillips said, adding that Mackenzie has a history of mental illness and drug abuse.

Mackenzie Phillips, who also says she became pregnant, possibly with John's love child (which she aborted), didn't take the accusation sitting down, although she has by no means attempted to deny her long and troubled history of drug use.

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Seemingly out of nowhere week, we saw Mackenzie Phillips on Oprah, revealing a long held family secret - that she had a 10-year sexual affair with her father and possibly even became pregnant by him before having an abortion.

Well, we haven't seen the last of the 49-year-old on the daytime talk show. Mackenzie is returning to The Oprah Winfrey Show tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Joining her? Half-sister Chynna Phillips, who spoke out this week in support of Mackenzie, who she says confessed the affair to her 11 years after it ended.

Mackenzie will appear via satellite on Friday, while Chynna will be live in the studio. It is not clear if the two will interact or if they'll appear only separately.

Mackenzie Phillips, left, and Chynna Phillips.

On Wednesday's show, Mackenzie confessed her long-running, drug-addled sexual affair with her dad, John Phillips of '60s band The Mamas and the Papas.

She said she became pregnant and didn't know who fathered the child. She had an abortion, which her father paid for, "and I never let him touch me again."

Chynna later revealed her side of her sister's sad and disturbing story, which Mackenzie is making public for the first time in her new memoir, High on Arrival.

In an interview, she said that news of the affair sent her into "a deep, deep sadness and depression for about 10 days. A part of me died when I found out."

It will be interesting to see what transpires on Friday's show.

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Her late father had an incestuous sexual relationship with her and possibly raped her. She also may have aborted his love child as a young woman.

But Mackenzie Phillips' affair with John Phillips was not, she says, as simple as all the news headlines make it seem. Nor was it necessarily as bad.

Her father was not a monster, and that 10-year “affair” Mackenzie is said to have had with him is not easily categorized, the troubled star told Oprah.

“My father was not a bad man. He was a very sick man,” she said.

"If anyone out there can possibly separate [John Phillips'] body of work from his personal demons, I think that would be the honorable thing to do."

Mackenzie Phillips, 49, added that her father - with whom she says she also did drugs - "didn't set out to hurt me. He did the best with what he had."

She also reports that their relationship - which she details in her new book, High on Arrival - lasted 10 years until she ended it when she got pregnant.

A pregnancy that ended with her aborting her father's love child.

"To call it a 10-year relationship is not correct," she said in another interview on Today. "It was a warped event, that occurred over time. At 18, I was molested. Maybe three years later, I started waking up with my pants around my ankles."

She told Oprah Winfrey that she had an abortion, which her father paid for, "and I never let him touch me again" after dealing with the ramifications of that.

Though she says she does not blame herself for her the incest, Mackenzie Phillips says, "I believe I have some accountability for what went down after."

Some of her family is standing by her, including Mackenzie's half-sister Chynna Phillips, who says she first heard about this 11 years after it ended.

But her step-mother Michelle Phillips isn't buying it, telling ET:

"Mackenzie's drug addiction for 35 years has been the result of many unpleasant experiences. Whether her relationship with her father is delusional or not, it is an unfortunate circumstance and very hurtful for our entire family."

Despite the criticism from her stepmom, Mackenzie said on Today that "the outpouring of support from other incest survivors has been phenomenal."

"This is a subject that is so incredibly taboo, as it should be, but there needs to be a dialogue about it," she continued. "The covers need to be pulled."

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In a new memoir, Mackenzie Phillips claims she was raped by her father at the age of 19.

High on drugs, the former child star also says she carried on a decade-long relationship with her dad. Sister Chynna Phillips backs up these allegations, admitting that Mackenzie revealed the incest to her years ago.

Now, just when the story seemed like it couldn't get any more sickening, the abused sister appeared on Oprah and told the host she ended the affair with her dad for one specific, grotesque reason:

She became pregnant and aborted the baby, fearing that it was her father's.

After sleeping with father John Phillips for years, Mackenzie got knocked up.

She didn't know if the child was her dad's or then-husband Shane Fontayne's; as a result, she terminated the pregnancy and "never let him touch me again," she told Winfrey, referring to her father.

Replied Michelle Phillips, who was married to John for eight years, until 1970:

"John was a bad parent, and a drug addict. But f-cking 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."

No matter where the truth lies, everyone comes out badly in this story.

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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.

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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.