Michelle Phillips Says Mackenzie Is Full of It

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Hey, remember yesterday, when Mackenzie Phillips shocked the world by claiming that she'd had an incestuous relationship with her late father, The Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips?

Yeah, well, not so fast.

Phillips' stepmother, Michelle Phillips—who was married to Papa John from 1962 to 1970—is thoroughly refuting Mackenzie's claims in an interview with Showbiz 411.

The elder Phillips notes that, in 1997, Mackenzie told all of her family members about the alleged relationship with her father, but then quickly contacted Michelle again to issue a "just kidding" disclaimer:

“She told me [about the supposed incestuous relationship], 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.’ ”

Not that Michelle thinks her ex was an angel, mind you. She just doesn't believe that he was capable of sleeping with his own daughter:

“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 [Winfrey] 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.”

So why is Mackenzie spreading this falsehood to the public now? Phillips suggests that poor judgment brought on by decades of drug abuse, coupled with sibling rivalry, is compelling her to push herself into the spotlight with these outlandish claims:

“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.”

Hmm; interesting theory. Readers, let us know in the comments section: Whose side of the story do you believe, Mackenzie's or Michelle's?



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  • Agnelli

    If Papa John taught his own daughter to shoot up he was sick enough to rape her. It was the "perfect storm" for this crime. If the legacy is tarnished too bad! I admire Mackenzie Phillips for comming forward. The reaction of the Michelle Phillips and Genevieve Waite are why more victims do not come forward.

  • Steve Ignorant
    Steve Ignorant

    Michelle wants this all to go away so The Mamas and Papas legacy will not be tarnished. But...too late. The genius of John Phillips is now forever overshadowed by the disgusting truth. All the great songs like California Dreaming, Creque Alley, etc. have lost their magic knowing that they were the creation of a guy who thought it was okay to f his own daughter.

  • Jackie

    Dumb asses, she divorced him in 1970, and the rape/relationship with the daughter started in 1979. She did not ignor it, she wasn't there!

  • jess

    I definately think Michelle Phillips wants to believe it never happened because she probably IGNORED the signs! Or she was just as messed up as John was. But think about this for a minute.. If your child or someone you knew well called you and told you something that would alter the way you saw everything around you- and you judged them or criticized them for telling you the truth-- they would probably take it all back just so you wouldn't think badly of them.. Its obvious that Mackenzie didn't want to lose her family and be alone. So she recanted everything she said. Michelle should be ashamed of herself.

  • Carrie

    What wife would ever say, sure my husband was raping his daughter while I was also sleeping with him? Sure that's the kind of guy that I married and stayed married to even though his daughter and I shared the same bed? Of course she is denying it. Not to mention, that is the nature of a predator - secrecy. Most families are unaware that it is going on around them. They are masters at hiding the abuse.

  • Susan Kovalinksy
    Susan Kovalinksy

    The fact that Mackenzie told the story, then recanted and said it was a joke, makes it seem all the more true. She wanted to tell, but then could not bear them knowing. She had a horrible childhood, and should receive compassion.

  • Marissa

    smells like denial. i think michelle is probably really embarrassed. i believe mackenzie. its too far fetched to be made up for "sibling rivalry"--even if she has been a drug user for 35 years.