Two ex-wives of Mamas And The Papas front man John Phillips said that Mackenize Phillips shocking claims that she was involved in a torrid, ten-year affair with her father are false.
“She told me, then she called me back and said, ‘You know I’m joking,’ ” Michelle Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. “I said it wasn’t funny. Mackenzie said, ‘I guess we have different senses of humor.’”
Michelle, when told that Mackenzie said she held in the info to protect her father’s legacy, responded: “She’s really protecting his legacy now, isn’t she?”
According to Michelle, “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 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.
“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.”
Another one of John’s exes, Genevieve Waite Phillips, also denied the possibility of an incestuous affair.
“I am stunned by Mackenzie’s terrible allegations about her father,” she said in a statement. I would often complain to John about her overly familiar attitude toward him and he would tell me that was just her way. John was a good man, who had the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. He was incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such a relationship with his own child.”
Mackenzie Phillips’ new biography, High On Arrival, is in stores now.