Former child star raped by father

mackenzie_phillipsFormer child star Mackenzie Phillips told Oprah yesterday that her father, John Phillips of the 1960s folk group the Mamas and the Papas, had sex with her beginning when she was 19 years old. She called the relationship a “betrayal.” Now 49, Mackenzie starred in George Lucas’s 1973 film American Graffiti at 13, then when she was 14, shot to stardom on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time. During her time on the show, it became clear that she had a drug problem and was written out so she could go to rehab. She has been in and out of rehab ever since and was arrested last year for possession of cocaine and heroin. She’s just released a memoir entitled High on Arrival, in which she talks about her first sexual encounter with her father, when they were both high on drugs, writing, “I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.”

Mackenzie claims it was rape, but admits they later had consensual sex over a period of ten years. “Over time your perception of things become warped and twisted,” she said, adding, “I’m not [talking about this] to make myself look good. There’s no way I’m going to look good. I was old enough to know better.” Mackenzie says she put a stop to it when she had an abortion, because she was unsure if the baby was her father’s. She told Winfrey, “I never let him touch me again,” calling the alleged incest “an abuse of power.” In the book, she wrote: “Your father is supposed to protect you. Not f- – – you.” She also alleges that Mick Jagger cornered her in a room and seduced her when she was 18, saying, “I’ve been waiting for this since you were 10 years old.” Mackenzie goes on to say John taught her to roll a joint when she was 13 and that when she was 17, he started her on hard drugs.  “My father shot me up for the first time… He tied me off and he put the needle into my arm and pushed the plunger in, and he missed, he missed the vein and my whole arm went numb. He seemed a little nervous but at the same time it seemed very commonplace.”

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  1. Nancy • September 24, 2009 @ 6:08 PM


  2. tributegirl • September 24, 2009 @ 8:01 PM

    This is disgusting. The Mick Jagger thing seems a little far fetched though, I’m not sure if I believe that.

  3. mandee • September 24, 2009 @ 9:36 PM

    this is disgusting. she should have called the cops or at least told him NO MORE after the FIRST time. she is right, she was old enough to know the difference and to know better, wtf is wrong with her that shed allow that?!?! also, tg i agree. i was going to say i doubt that mick ever even met her. but i dont know him so i cant say for sure.

  4. DD • September 25, 2009 @ 7:16 AM

    What a horrible man ! Totally disgusting. I’ll never listen to the Mamas & Papas the same way again.

  5. Kim • September 25, 2009 @ 8:15 AM

    Even at 19, your father is in a position of power over you. Especially when he’s famous and connected. I have no doubt she knew Mick Jagger when she was 10, and had celebs hanging all over her house – show business is a small, incestuous world – they all know each other. I just read the bio of someone who grew up in show business with a famous father and grandfather and she knew everyone, they were at her house, she went to theirs, etc., and having all those connections helped her go far in the business. But back to Mackenzie. There’s an interesting article in Huffington Post that says that at no time when a father has sex with a daughter is it consensual, because he’s always going to be in a position of power. As children (even grown up children), we search for love from our parents and will do anything to get it. I feel horrible for Mackenzie that this is the childhood and father she had. What a sad life and I hope now that she’s been able to open up about it, she gets the support she needs and deserves.

  6. Kathi • September 25, 2009 @ 8:38 AM

    If any one has known an adict, you will understand… These people do not make decisions the way we (as non-adicts) do. There really is not a right or wrong in their world and judgement is nearly unheard of when high. The fact of this matter is, her father had control and it would have been his obligation to not go there. Does one really think she did not play the “wrongness” of it ovetr and over in her head everytime she was sober? I will bet money that she did.

  7. Carol • September 25, 2009 @ 8:42 AM

    She has a book to sell – she is a druggy and needs the money to support her habit. She was mature enough to stop the situation – she wasn’t a child and at the very least could have avoided him – kids cut their parents out of their lives for a lot less.. I don’t know if she would even know what is real in her life and what isn’t with the way she has abused her body and mind. She may even believe it happened even if it didn’t. Please don’t buy the book – you are only supporting the habit she has.

  8. Minerva • September 25, 2009 @ 9:11 AM

    BRAVO to Kim for everything she said in her post!! I couldn’t agree with you more. As for Mackenzie, she has beat herself up long, and thoroughly enough over this. I hope that baring it to the public will allow her to now put it behind her, be kinder to herself, build up her self esteem, and get on with her life and somehow find happiness and peace from within. Yes, her father was in a position of power over her even at 19, but seeing the obvious pathetic and morally shabby homelife she had, it’s no doubt Mackenzie would crave to have attention and approval from her father and his friends and subconsciously would have been an easy target for anything in the drug world. What kind of father would involve his own daughter with any kind of drugs, let alone “mainlining” her with hard stuff? He should do time now for this. Kids can come back on their parents many years later and have them dealt with the law. Mick Jagger should also be charged and made to do time for his part in sexually approaching her but unfortunately, she was of age at the time. It’s the comment about waiting for her since she was 10 years old that’s especially appalling. Mackenzie should be commended and respected for her honesty even though such disclosure could be so dangerous for her career because of all the public judgement that she’ll inevitably be barraged with. Few people could be so honest or especially brave about revealing such a sordid past.

  9. June • September 25, 2009 @ 9:29 AM

    Its funny how some of you have your opinion about, she should have known better.You probably have never been put in a spot like she had. Or had your child put in a spot like her. She trusted her dad and at that moment it all went out the window. there are so many girls out there that are in the same situation. I hope the book will enlighten them that they can be free, and now its okay to speak out about your dad. Please stop throwing the first stone. I’m sure we all have something hidden in our lives. At least she came out of it and wants to show others there is hope. Don’t judge others. You’ve not been there. And I hope you never have to experience something like she has in your life or your children’s or
    grandchildren life. As for drugs its a way to forget what happened, at least she came out of it. Be proud of her, stop tearing her down.

  10. kathy • September 25, 2009 @ 9:34 AM

    hope it goes well for her

  11. Dianne • September 25, 2009 @ 10:01 AM

    Try not to judge her. She is trying to heal from her past by opening up about it, and taking responsibility for it. I know nothing about drug addiction, but understand the power of any addiction. There is sordid stuff going on everywhere in the world. People don’t talk about it, don’t want to know about it, and stick their heads in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening.

  12. Judy Wallbaum • September 25, 2009 @ 10:51 AM

    This is so sad. Yes maybe she should have known better but her whole upbringing was sick and NOT normal. I totally feel for her and hope she is on a road to recovery. I do believe the Mick Jagger story…

  13. Kim • September 25, 2009 @ 11:36 AM

    WOW….what a shocking developoment…In the past she stated that she was raped by everyone that she knew BUT her father.

    Stay tyuned for more SHOCKING developments

  14. Lindy • September 25, 2009 @ 1:43 PM

    When people are addicted to drugs and alcohol they are operating in dysfunction so I am not shocked at all and yes I totally believe the Mick Jagger bit as well. Her father has demons, passed the demons on to the children and the cycle continues. WE need to support people not judge them it’s not just as easy as calling the cops and if you think it is you truly are stupid

  15. terry gawa • September 25, 2009 @ 2:11 PM

    very intense and these events actually do happen in real life

  16. Phil • September 25, 2009 @ 2:27 PM

    more like WINCEST, amirite?!!

  17. tributegirl • September 25, 2009 @ 4:12 PM

    Is her father still alive? If so, I hope he gets charged and does time.
    As for the Mick Jagger story, I believe she met him, probably lots of times, but for someone like him, who had women practically hanging off him, to say that he’d been waiting for her since she was 10 years old, I don’t believe that part. I don’t doubt he hit on her when she was a young woman, but doubt he even noticed her when she was 10.

  18. Lynn A. • September 25, 2009 @ 6:31 PM

    Her father died several years ago and she went to see him basically on his death bed and forgave him, but told him that what he did to her was not right(I am too vindicitive and could never do that)

  19. Tamara Reader • September 25, 2009 @ 6:49 PM

    People Please! People do not have sex with their fathers if there is not an abuse of power. Doubly so, to adict your girl on purpose and suppose that somehow, this isn’t an abuse? Please, if you were an adult survivor of incest, you wouldn’t even bother commenting your drivel. Get a little perspecitive and enjoy your ‘perfect’ life: for me that would include NOT being the adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

    Anyone of you ninnyhammers out there who ‘says it ain’t so’ should do their due dilligence and read a little.

    Kudos to her for having the guts to speak out. Maybe I should write a book!!

  20. mandee • September 25, 2009 @ 10:06 PM

    Carol on September 25, 2009 8:42 AM i agree.

    June on September 25, 2009 9:29 AM as far as im concerned shes looking for sympathy from the rest of the world. some things are meant to be kept PRIVATE. i have had many people on here tell me i have no right discussing my personal life with the “friends” i have made because its personal. meanwhile, no one finds anything wrong with celebs going out of their way to get in the spotlight, try to get sympathy from complete strangers and write books about thinks that may or may not have happened to them. the difference between me and this girl : i tell what has happened to me WHEN IT IS RELEVANT TO THE CONVERSATION. i dont tell it to find sympathy or be in the spotlight. also, im WILLING to admit that it was MY own fault. especially the stuff that happened to me when i became an adult.

    Kim on September 25, 2009 11:36 AM if she really is claiming that EVERYONE is raping her in her life, perhaps she is the type of person that NEEDS sympathy from others so she makes up crazy stories because she loves the attention it brings?

    terry gawa on September 25, 2009 2:11 PM youre right, but it could be possible it didnt happen in HER life.

    Lynn A. on September 25, 2009 6:31 PM IF he did rape her and get her into drugs, then she forgave him for HER OWN peace of mind. not for his. would you be ok to live your life knowing you never made up with your parents? especially if you wanted their approval so desperately you were willing to have sex with them?

  21. Lori • September 26, 2009 @ 1:51 AM

    Why would any one NOT believe her story? Look at the men involved not exactly innocent and faithful individuals!
    I totally believe someone like Mick Jagger would make a comment about waiting for Mackenzie and wanting her since she was 10 years old. Starting at age ten men in suits and shiny,luxury cars started noticing me while I was on my way to school with a knapsack on my back / and or carrying school books and asking me inappropriate things no preteen or teenage girl should hear about until she was well into her twenties!!! This happened quite frequently and trust me I did not look older than 10 and this happened with men in suits,driving expensive cars,men driving vans from all walks of life. A lot of men cannot be trusted.

  22. Rita • September 26, 2009 @ 5:19 AM

    Could I forgive my Father on his deathbed?? Well, if he Asked for forgiveness And MEANT IT GENUINELY, yes I would. As a Christian, GOD said I have to forgive if I am to be forgiven. If there was no GOD, I would Never forgive him for such a Distrust of my Life, because he would have been the One to Give me the Gift of LIFE! I hate things like this happening because How they affect All women and of course men as well; who would Never Think of doing such a thing!! Here is me and for a LONG TIME I WAS IN ABSOLUTE AWE OF the Mama’s and Papa’s singing such earthy and Heartfelt songs!!! NEVER AGAIN, am I going to be in Awe of Anyone I Don’t Know, no matter What they Contribute to Man/Womankind!! Why should We complain about all of whats happening in Hollywood???? We are the ones that support it. If we all don’t go to movies or concerts or buy their songs whatever, they wouldn’t have such a lavish lifestyle and that in turn makes them think they can do practically Anything they want!! We pay them FAR TOO Much for what they do. I knew from a young age some men couldn’t be Trusted to. But I never experienced any harrassment for a Long time! I was almost Always Respected. Thank Goodness. I’m Sorry Lori that happened to you! That Shouldn’t have happened at all!! Some men use their own muscles for abuse Not for Constructive ways. Thats partly whats wrong with Society nowadays.

  23. Nancy • September 26, 2009 @ 8:22 PM

    Tamara Reader….why do you feel the need to comment under multiple names? (ie: Kathi ▲ Sept. 25 @ 8:38 AM). Just wondering…

  24. tributegirl • September 27, 2009 @ 2:28 PM

    I think Mick Jagger is a pervert, but I really don’t believe he was a pedophile.
    Also, if she said before that everyone EXCEPT her father raped her, and now she’s saying HE raped her, well the contradiction automatically causes doubt in my mind. Add in the fact that she waited until after he is dead and cannot defend himself.
    I’m not saying that he didn’t rape her, maybe he did, but I just don’t find her to be too convincing. And there have been people who for whatever reason, accuse their parents of doing things years ago that they never did.

  25. Carol • September 27, 2009 @ 4:24 PM

    The Mick Jagger thing, that could have also been said as a ploy, a line to make her feel special. as in” I always knew you were special, since you were a little girl”, sutff like that. I’m sure a lot of you ladies have heard such pathetic lines, but with different words. And at 17, some probably fell for it. Guys use lines like that all the time. No doubt she met him. No doubt he hit on her, but would he ever remember? Chances are that no, he probably does not.

  26. Maria • September 27, 2009 @ 6:08 PM

    Doesn’t anyone realize why this drug-addicted has-been is saying all these things? MONEY!!!! She wrote a book and needs alllllllllllllll the publicity she can get. She’s still a heroin & cocaine addict. She needs money to continue her habit. I have no sympathy with her whatsoever.

  27. TheseWords • September 29, 2009 @ 9:54 AM

    i’ll say this, and hope it gets taken seriously…. if you havent been a victim of rape, violence, or a violent rape then you should keep you opinion to yourself, because if youve never been in a position with no control or have you control taken from you, and in such a way that it changes you and your views forever, then you should keep your mouth shut. i know how Mackenzie feels, my sister was raped by my brother, and myself raped by someone i once called my boyfriend, and to have strangers do all this shit talking about her is so offensive and belittling…. Mackenzie has a fan base, i support her, and always will, regardless of the kind of past she had, or the kind of future she will have… and i hope that people will look at her with acceptance in their eyes, not judgement… its up to God to judge us, its within us to accept each other the way we are as people… if you have conditions to which people are accepted, may you be put under a microscope and see how you can handle it….. Mackenzie has been in the public eye since a young age, and turned out pretty good… could you say the same if you were put in her shoes? i highly doubt that most of who had comments could last a week, let alone a lifetime with the grace as Mackenzie has…….

  28. Jo-Anne • September 29, 2009 @ 10:39 AM

    wow…not very convincing argument TheseWords for someone who professes God alone should be the judge….or did he/she pass that judging wand onto you now?

    have to agree with t.g. here in that it’s convenient the “truth” comes out now when her dad is dead and gone…she is gravely lacking in convincing me of her “truth” and Maria’s response is closer to the truth….$….and more $$$$$…

  29. tributegirl • September 29, 2009 @ 12:35 PM

    Thanks, Joanne, and agreed, TheseWords is very judgemental him/herself.
    I just do not find Mackenzie to be very convincing at all.

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