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Mackenzie Phillips Says Revealing Incest With Father Cost Her Relationships

Mackenzie Phillips says she's still dealing with e aftermath of revealing she was once in a long-term incestuous relationship with her father.

The former 'One Day at a Time' star revealed in her book 'High on Arrival' that her father raped her when she was 19 and they were under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

But, even more shockingly, the incestuous and then consensual relationship continued for a decade after the incident.

In her new book Phillips says she still deals with backlash from the revelation about the affair with her father, Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips.

"Another family member was angered that I might attend, and I was told she was just not willing to forgive me yet," she writes. "She wouldn't forgive me! For abuses perpetrated against me as a child, or for exposing those abuses perhaps."

Many of Mackenzie Phillips' family members were furious not only at the claims but because she waited until her father was dead before making them.

"I've come to understand that some in my family have chosen to hold on to the pain and anger they felt when I came out with the truth about my dad," she says. "I understand that they’re still caught in a textbook response of devaluing the victim and holding up the perpetrator."

"I've also had to accept that, of course, I'd be the target of negative reactions and feelings because I'm the one who wrote the book and told a truth no one wanted to hear. If you're trying to maintain some sort of facade so you can avoid pain, the last thing you want is for the facade to be demolished."

Her half sister, Bijou says in a statement: "I understand Mackenzie's need to come clean with a history she feels will help others, but it's devastating to have the world watch as we try and mend broken fences, especially when the man in question isn't here to defend himself."

February 8, 2017 |

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