Phillips, 49, the former star of '70s-'80s sitcom "One Day at a Time," told Oprah Winfrey that she was first raped by her father in a hotel room when she was 18 while passed out after a drug binge but continued to use drugs and have consensual sex with him for years.
Play null The relationship continued long after she married Jeff Sessler when she was 19, and ended only when she became pregnant and feared her father was the baby's father, Phillips said.
John Phillips, she said, paid for an abortion. Reading an excerpt from her new book, "High on Arrival," on Winfrey's show today, Phillips said of her first sexual experience with her father: I don't know how it started. I started very early on in my life compartmentalizing. This was the mother of all difficult experiences. I [have spent] the last 30 years trying not to look at it," she said. Michelle Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips' stepmother and a member of the '60s group the Mamas and the Papas, told the Hollywood Reporter she believed the allegations were false.
Phillips said Mackenzie had "a lot of mental illness" and that "she's had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years. Mackenzie Phillips told Winfrey she confronted her father about the rape, but he characterized their relationship as romantic, Mackenzie said.
Don't you mean made love? It was during that time, she said, that she began regularly doing drugs and having sex with her father. I can't believe I'm the only one this happened to," she said.
In excerpts from "High on Arrival" printed in People magazine, Phillips writes: I had tons of pills and dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad's bed. There are countries where this is an accepted practice. Former co-star Valerie Bertinelli learned of Phillip's incestuous relationship while backstage during the taping of the Winfrey show.
Phillips hails from a famous Hollywood family. Her sisters are singer-actress Bijou Phillips and Chynna Phillips. She has been married three times and has one son, born in