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VIDEO: Celebrity Rehab Friend Says She Believes Mackenzie Phillips' Incest Claims

Sep. 25 2009, Published 3:15 p.m. ET

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Lisa D'Amato, a one-time America's Next Top Model hopeful who struck up a friendship with Mackenzie Phillips on VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab 3, told The Early Show Friday she believes Phillips' claims she was molested by her late father, Mamas And The Papas front-man John Phillips.

"She's very, very happy because she feels a weight has been lifted off," D'Amato said. "She feels she can finally continue her life, and prosper in her adult life."

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D'Amato said she originally heard Phillips' incest confessions while in a rehab session with Dr. Drew.

When asked about skeptics who claim Phillips shocking posthumous bombshells about Papa John might be a ruse to sell more books, D'Amato said that no one can properly judge the One Day At A Time star not having "had the life that she has."

"I don't think money has to do with it," she said. "Its about therapeutically being honest with yourself."

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