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Mackenzie -- 'There's a Time for Everything'

9/24/2009 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With members of her own family attacking her credibility, Mackenzie Phillips hit the streets of NY last night and defended her decision to go public with the story of her incestuous decade long affair with own father.

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Although her father John died in 2001 and can't defend himself ... the 49-year-old "One Day at a Time" simply explained her decision by saying, "There's a time for everything."

And, of course, there's a time to sell books ....

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why?    

I will not buy the book, but I believe her story. Why would the sickest person make up a story like that.

She made herself look bad too by being a willing participant in a sexual relationship with daddy dearest. I think that she should have told the story when he was alive, he does not suffer dead but her family and son will.

1665 days ago
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Areyouserious?    

Just because her faather is dead doesn't mean it didn't happen. I believe her story, incest relationships do happen. If I had an sexual affair with my father, I would be just as screwed up as she was. I live in Florida, and a father and daughter were arrested on porn charges, but get this they were carrying on a sexual affair and have a child together.

1665 days ago
18.

squeakermama    

Yes people something as weird as this can happen by a father. The betrayal of them all. Parents have killed their children. Why is this so hard to believe? People can be mean, read some of the posts on here. Is it her past drug use, the timing that she chose to tell her side? Do you think that someone that suffered abuse by the hands of her own father would make great life decisions? Children grow up in their own "normal" and they know nothing else until they are older and see the world is a bigger place. May God have grace on those of you that pass ignorant judgment on others.

1665 days ago
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jane    

I don't see the point of her telling the world she did an incestuous act with her father and not knowing her aborted fetus Dad. Are young people suppose to learn that you shouldn't be okay of having sexual contact with adult family member, from reading her book? She must be in desperation of $$$ her to make a bad reputation of herself.

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20.

Karla Hart    

Did he do it? I believe so, she has had drug problems and issues for years. we all know she was adicted to drugs, also was as a kid. Dad is dead, its time to spill and heal I believe her!!! I do not care if family does not, they are living off his royalties any ways. screw them, she needs healing.

1665 days ago
21.

dee    

As the person of authority, it was he who violated trust. It's like when a minister has sex with a member of his parrish or when a doctor has sex with a patient or attorney with client or teacher with student. They may both be consenting adults, but it's an abuse of power by the person of authority.

1665 days ago
22.

superman    

You beat me to the punch, jd...I was going to spew:

It's brings new meaning to handing your daughter a phillip's head screwdriver.

But you said it much better...lol...bravo!!

1665 days ago
23.

You should Know Better    

yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dirty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Got to get paid!!!!!!!!
Nasty!!!!!!!!!
Creepy!!!!!!!!

When I think of whores a few words come to mind. It's funny when I think of this lady the same words come to mind. Go creep someone else out.

1665 days ago
24.

sickofitall    

I believe her. Her father was garbage. Like Michael Jackson, John Phillips has effectively trumped the memory his musical genius with his sickening and bizarre behavior.

1665 days ago
25.

Phishsteak    

She should have gone the Travolta way....by shutting up. Trying to sell books by throwing her dead father under the bus. It's not like she did any good by going on Oprah and confessing this. Unlike Jett's autism, this should have stayed private.

1665 days ago
26.

punchapap    

I'd rather do Mama Cass.

1665 days ago
27.

Steve Westside    

Apparently in the book review the alleged incest started at 19, on Opfra at 17: that way she can be a victim. At 19 you are old enough to consent to such dispicable behavior: therefore you are NOT, I repeat, NOT A VICTIM!!!!
Although she is trying to spin it as rape while passed out, even her own description indicates her father said she was aware and awake when the alleged events occur.
You are NOT a victim if you willingly consented to sex under the influence of drugs you willingly consumed. Period. McKenzie, you were (its in the past) gross. If its true, put it behind you.

1665 days ago
28.

Clearsky54    

And what is TMZ's insinuation? That she made the whole thing up so she could sell books? What a bad joke.

1665 days ago
29.

JustSayin    

I know for a fact girls do make this kind of stuff up....about their fathers, not saying she is but either way God help her!

1665 days ago
30.

Pamela    

Some one who knowingly carried on an incestuous relationship with their father for 10 years while they were legal adults should have some sort of psychiatric assessment done. This should not have been brought into the public in the first place but be dealt with under doctors care.

The way she brings it out in the public and with the promotion of her book makes me instantly think "money grabbing" and "publicity whore". This lends no credibility to her story what so ever. I'm not saying this didn't happen to her, although I highly doubt it did. I'm just saying that this is not the way to heal the scars and move on to be mentally happy in your life. Unless he wants to be dragged through wash ans spend her time defending herself.

She was an adult when this "affair" started and she should be held accountable for her part in it. Sorry, no boo-hoo from me, adults should know better and she was an adult!

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