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Bijou Phillips calls Mackenzie’s incest claim “devastating”
Singer and actress Bijou Phillips has weighed in on her half sister Mackenzie’s claim of a 10-year incestuous affair with their father, The Mamas & The Papas singer John Phillips, and while Bijou’s reaction shows that she has some doubts about her sister’s credibility, she has not dismissed the story either. John Phillips died in 2001, so for now it’s been left to his surviving family members to speak out about Mackenzie’s story.
“”When I was 13, Mackenzie told me that she had a consensual sexual relationship with our father,” Bijou Phillips, 29, said in a written statement sent to “The Oprah Show,” where Mackenzie spoke about her relationship with her father earlier this week.
Bijou said that the news was confusing, especially since Mackenzie shortly afterward recanted her story about sleeping with her dad, which she has described as occurring from when she was age 19 to about 29, and has since said that it was true after all.
Bijou added that her 49 year-old half-sister, who began using cocaine and heroin at an early age, has a history with their father which is “clouded with 30 years of drug abuse.”
“The life I had with my father was very different,” Bijou said. “He was ‘Mr. Mom.’ He was encouraging and loving. The man that raised me would never be capable of doing such things. And if he was, it was heartbreaking for me to think that my family would leave me alone with him. I understand Mackenzie’s need to come clean with a history that 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.”
Chynna Phillips, another half-sister of Mackenzie, said earlier this week that she believes the affair took place. But John Phillips’ former wife, Genevieve Waite, who is also the mother of Bijou, has denied the allegation, saying that she believes he would never commit incest with a child of his. Michelle Phillips, another of John Phillips’ former wives, has also questioned Mackenzie’s story.
Amid the tumult that Mackenzie Phillips’ story has caused within her own family, it has also touched a chord with the public. Writing on Thursday on blog website The Huffington Post, health and wellness author Deborah King took issue with Mackenzie’s contention that the relationship was consensual.
“There was absolutely nothing consensual about a single piece of your life with your father, not from the moment he started to groom you as a young child to be his drug buddy and his lover. … The shame that you carry, the burden of feeling like you should never have let it happen, much less let it continue — that is your father’s mantle of shame you’re wearing,” King wrote.
What do Fan Fare readers think? Is Mackenzie Phillips telling the truth? And should she be going public about it?