Friday, January 10, 2014

McKenzie Phillips Statement Analysis

Was MacKenzie Phillips truthful in her interview with Larry King regarding her claim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father?
Statement Analysis is in bold type, with emphasis added to the quotes.

Statement Analysis gets to the truth.  We will look for two things:

1.  Signals of Deception, including missing information
2.  Signals of Veracity 

In a previous article, I discussed the disassociation that can take place in a child's brain to protect itself against sexual abuse.  I wrote that this can sometimes be seen in passive language. 

As requested...

Interview With Mackenzie Phillips
Aired October 3, 2009 - 21:00   ET

KING: Mackenzie Phillips surviving and sober and telling is straight, next on LARRY KING LIVE.

What a pleasure to welcome to Larry King LIVE tonight, the author of an extraordinary -- the book. The book is "High on Arrival" and the author is the well-known actress, Mackenzie Phillips, known to millions for her role as Julie Cooper on the TV series "One Day at a Time," daughter of the last singer-songwriter John Phillips, the founder of The Mamas & The Papas, whose struggles with drug abuse have been widely reported. She tells the story and often more, added shocking stories in a new memoir that we mentioned, "High on Arrival."

Why -- why did you write this?

PHILLIPS: That's a very -- that's a really good question. And I've been asked it before. And, you know, when I first -- I've been asked to write my story since I was 25 years old. I never felt ready to do it. Several years ago, I sat down and started to do it with a wonderful writer. I wasn't ready.

And then, this time, I got to the point where I was sitting down with my writer -- my co-writer, my co-author, Hilary Liftin -- and I realized that I was about to put out another sanitized version of my life.

note body posture, "sat down" shows increase in tension.  This is explained by the subject, herself in the negative, "I wasn't ready."  Always note when something is "started"; yet here, again, the subject explains that it was not completed.  

KING: Which you'd done before?

PHILLIPS: Which I had done before with the "E! Truly Hollywood Story" and all these different media outlets that have covered my struggles.

And I thought to myself, what's the point?

If I'm not going to tell the whole story, what's the point?

And then I got to the point where I thought to myself, I can't be the only one that this has happened to. I can't be the only one that has struggled, because people who live through these kind of things end up self-destructing, cutting -- I never did that -- but cutting, using drugs...

Note within a statement any time a question is raised and ask, "Could the subject be speaking to herself?"  Sometimes, a subject may ask a question because she is in memory, reliving the event. 
KING: You think there have been a lot of stories like this?

PHILLIPS: In this world?


KING: Of incest with her own father?

PHILLIPS: Absolutely.

KING: We'll get to that. OK.

Now, the title, "High on Arrival" means?

PHILLIPS: Well, in -- in the book, right after the title page, there are lyrics to a song my father wrote about my called "She's Just 14." And it says, "She's just 14, a little movie star queen. There isn't much she hasn't seen." And it goes on and it says, "but she's always too nice to the driver. She says, 'James, have you had your supper?' She's always too high on arrival. And she runs on her high platform heels, falls flat on her face and she knows how life feels, but she's just 14." That's where I got the title.

KING: A beautiful piece of writing. PHILLIPS: It's a beautiful song.

KING: Are you sure about memory, with all the drugs you've gone through, when you relive your life, do you know what happened happened?

PHILLIPS: I absolutely know what happened happened.

The sensitivity of "absolutely" comes from being questioned about memory.  This is likely something that the subject has heard before. 

KING: There's no doubt in your mind?

Because sometimes, you know, we can imagine things and we've told it so much to ourselves, it didn't happen.

PHILLIPS: We can imagine things, but this has been a part of my consciousness and a part of my life for 31 years. I know what happened. I'm -- I'm a very present, bright human being who has lived a difficult life, but is here to tell the story and you know...

KING: All right. Now, you knew, being smart, that once you reveal this and go on a program like this, your world changes. People don't look at you the same way.

You realize that?

PHILLIPS: Yes, I do realize that, but this isn't about me. This really has become about the thousands and possibly millions of people who are trying to live through -- live through this, live through whatever it is they're trying to live through. And there's no one representing this part of the population. We -- we, this community of survivors, if you want to call it that, is -- is incredibly underrepresented as a group of human beings.

KING: How do you know they're out there?

PHILLIPS: How can they not be?

A question answered with a question indicates the sensitivity of the question.  Here, specifically, it points to research.  
The stories are rampant.
KING: You've run into others?

PHILLIPS: Since -- since Oprah Winfrey aired and the book came out -- I have a large fan base on Facebook. And I have had -- I wish I had brought some of these printouts. Incest survivors have been writing me all day long -- "your courage," "now I half feel like I can actually go on with my life;" "now I feel like I'm not alone and I felt so alone and nobody ever talks about this." And there's very little in this world that is taboo today, but this subject is still, like shove it under the carpet, sweep it away, protect the abuser, deny the reality and let that person -- you're just, you're on you own, kid. You know, so...

KING: All right, let's go back...


KING: It's 1979, right? You're 19 years old...

PHILLIPS: That's right.

KING: This is when this first happened, the night before you're supposed to marry Jeff Sessler, who is a member of the entourage of the Rolling Stones, right?


KING: Was this an -- your engagement, you're about to get married, you were very happy?

PHILLIPS: Yes, we were very happy. We were engaged and it -- but, you know, I mean, we were both heavily into drugs, as well.

KING: But you didn't marry that day?

PHILLIPS: No, I did not.

KING: What happened that day?

PHILLIPS: The night before, my father came to Florida with the intention to stop the union. Nobody wanted me to marry Jeff. And I went over to my father's hotel room and we -- he had a lot of drugs, I had a lot of drugs, we took a lot of drugs. And all I remember is arriving in the room, getting high and then I remember sort of -- yes. He kind of -- I don't know if you know this. You probably don't know this. If you're in a blackout and you're not in your body and then you come to in your body, I was in the act of having sex with my father and I...

This is noteworthy:

1.  Follow the pronouns.   She uses "we" regarding her father and herself, relating to drugs. 
2.  She uses "father and I" regarding sex
3.  She uses language that sounds passive, but actually may be Dissociative Disorder language, indicating early childhood trauma.  (not in body, etc) 

There is likely some missing information here, but it does not negate the expected pronoun break from "we" to "father and I" in sex. 
KING: What did you think?

PHILLIPS: What did I think?

KING: Yes.

PHILLIPS: I thought, how did this happen?

How did I end up here?

Note that she may be questioning herself on the program.

And plus which, I was on drugs.

So, I mean, there's that element of is this really real?

KING: And he was on drugs?

PHILLIPS: Absolutely.

KING: And what did he say?

PHILLIPS: He didn't say anything at that time. I was probably cognizant for less than a minute, slid back into a blackout and woke up in my own hotel room the next day.

KING: You don't remember anything from that time on?


KING: When was the next time you saw him?

PHILLIPS: Probably the next day.

KING: What did he say?

PHILLIPS: It wasn't -- we didn't speak about it until I brought it up to him several months later. And I said to him...

KING: What were the circumstances then?

PHILLIPS: The -- we were in New York and he was living off of Houston and he was sitting on a rocking chair. And I remember the lighting was sort of, you know, low. And I had gone over there to talk to him because I was very disturbed by this reality. And I said, you know, dad, we really...

KING: Were you still taking drugs?


KING: Yes. OK.

PHILLIPS: I said we really need to talk about what happened in Florida. We need to talk about how -- and I used the word 'rape' for want of a better word -- how you raped me.

While talking, she uses "we" 

And he said, "Raped you? Don't you mean when we made love?"

Here she quotes him and he uses the pronoun "we"
Note that he answers her question with a question. 
And I thought to myself, wow, I'm so screwed. I -- I -- I sort of closed my mind to it and put it in a little emotional mental box and took it out and looked at it every once in a while, but I never really -- what do you do?

What do you do?

The stuttering "I" shows an increase in anxiety. 
Now loo at "little emotional mental box"; this is an accurate description of "compartmentalization" that is often seen in those diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder.  DID has something like 85% or higher rate of diagnosis from childhood sexual abuse. 

KING: Where was your mother?

PHILLIPS: My mother and I weren't really in contact that much then, but I -- I was with my mother a couple of days ago and I laid it all out for her. I told her about it. I told my Aunt Rosy about it. And they -- and I said, you know, what -- what should we do?

She avoids using "we" regarding her mother and herself, and her aunt and herself.  The "we" here is Aunt Rosy and Mother speaking with her (all three) 

This is wrong. I've been -- I've been violated, you know. And they said, you know, you're really risking a lot if you go after him. And I said, well, I don't want his life. I don't want bad things to happen to him, but I also don't want bad things to happen to me as a result of this. And I was convinced to let it lie.

note the passivity of "I was convinced" is to not accept responsibility.. 

KING: Mackenzie Phillips is the guest.

I would say this is a must read.

The book is "High on Arrival."

We'll be right back.


KING: We're with Mackenzie Phillips. Her book is "High on Arrival" -- an extraordinary memoir. You are not likely to read anything like it in some time.

All right. You said you were raped earlier in your life, right?

PHILLIPS: Yes, I was...

KING: In your early teens.

PHILLIPS: ...I was 14.

KING: What were the circumstances then?

PHILLIPS: I was hanging out with some friends at a club on Sunset called Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco. And I was allowed to hitchhike at that age. My father allowed me to hitchhike back and forth from the Sunset Strip to our home in Bel Air.

And we were hitchhiking home, my friends, Billy, Jody and I.

And a gentleman -- a gentleman. Someone I thought I knew. We thought we knew this man. We got in the car and he turned off of Sunset. And I said this -- this isn't the way to my house. And he asked Billy and Jody to get out. He said the gas cap was loose. And I was in the front seat. And I thought it was very odd that he asked the kids in the back seat to get out.

And he said, can you go check it?

And they went to check it and that's when I saw -- and it was very dark, but there were street lights. I saw a glint of metal in his hand. And I thought wow, this is -- this is bad. And -- and I went to try and get out of the car and he grabbed me around the neck and held a knife to my neck.

Note the change from "gentleman" (repeated) to "this" (close) and "man". 

What changed him from being a "gentleman" to a "man"?  In context, it is "knowing" him.  "We thought we knew this man."
KING: And what happened to the girls in the back of the car?

PHILLIPS: They came running around and one had my arm and he had me here and he took off and he hit the gas. And I was sort of dragged in between the car and the door for just a moment. And then I -- centrifugal force threw the door closed and I fell back into the car. And he took me up into the hills and raped me. And he told me he was going to kill me.

Continue to follow her pronouns.  No "we" in regard to herself and the rapist.  No "we" in regard to herself and her father having sex.  

Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to experience rape than the general population.  (percentage wise)
KING: Did you bring charges?

PHILLIPS: We never found him. You know...

KING: What do you mean you never -- you went to the police right away, I assume? PHILLIPS: I was let out of the car on the street above Sunset. He shoved me out of the car. I ran back down to the club. The police were there. Billy and Jody were there. Rodney was out front of his club. Everyone was crying. And I was taken and done a rape kit on. I was clearly raped.

KING: And they never found him and you never identified -- you couldn't identify the car, a driver's license?

PHILLIPS: I told them everything, you know, everything I knew. I was a 14-year-old girl.

KING: What did your father say?

PHILLIPS: My father was very upset. And this is all documented in the E! "True Hollywood Story." And he talks about it in his book, as well.

KING: Before he passed on, right?

PHILLIPS: Yes, before he passed away on March 18th of 2001 at 8:05 a.m., I might recall. I loved my father very much. I miss him. It sounds weird, but that's the truth. He...

Many victims of incest will still have strong emotional bonds to the abuser. 

KING: He was upset.

PHILLIPS: He was very upset. And the night before, a friend of his headline been sitting in Ben Franks on Sunset Boulevard and overheard someone saying that they knew the guy who raped Papa Jones' daughter the night before. And this was Jolie Jones, Quincy Jones' daughter, who overheard this. My dad was friends with Quincy. And Quincy called my father and my father left the house with a shotgun.



KING: But they never found the guy?

PHILLIPS: Never found the guy.

KING: Now, you write: "Sex with my father was like a runaway train. I felt like I had no part in doing anything about it."

And you say it was consensual.

How soon after the first time did it occur again?

PHILLIPS: The way it occurred after the first time, nothing occurred for -- I was 18, 19 years old. Nothing occurred for probably three or four years. Then I went on the road with the New Mamas & The Papas. And I was with my dad on a daily basis. And there were lots and lots of drugs involved.

KING: And your stepmother was there, too?

PHILLIPS: No, she was at home with the kids.


PHILLIPS: The younger kids -- I have younger brothers and sisters, quite a lot younger than I am. And we would take drugs and do the show and, you know, all that kind of insanity. And I started waking up in my father's hotel room bed with -- I wore a lot of leggings, you know those tight black legging pants back in the '80's, because it was, you know, really big then.

And I would wake up with them down around my ankles. And I would think, how did this -- where am I?

How did this happen?

And I look over and I'm in my father's bed and he's sleeping next to me. And this happened -- it didn't happen, as I've said, it didn't happen every day. It didn't happen every week. It occurred.

KING: Did he have any guilt?

PHILLIPS: Look, my father lived in a world of his own creation. He was a great man. There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know. He tried very hard to live a life of his choosing. And I think -- and this is only my point of view. I think that -- that, to him, if sex happen between a father and a daughter and nobody protested, where's the problem?

I don't -- I can't speak for what he thought.

She avoids the question of her father's guilt.   This may be that she blames herself as victims often do which leads to self loathing, self destruction, sabotaging of happiness, risk taking, substance abuse, cutting, and so on.  
KING: Did you talk to anyone about this?

PHILLIPS: I talked only -- this, look, this isn't the kind of thing where you call up your friend and say, hey guess what?

KING: So who did you tell, no one?

PHILLIPS: I -- there are people who have known for many, many years. And people who are coming out of the woodwork. I got a call today from a woman who was -- I worked with on the road with my dad and she said I remember you telling me about this in '91. I told boyfriends about it in the '90s and it -- several of them promptly broke up with me the following day.

KING: Were you high most of the time?

PHILLIPS: Not most. Not most, a fair amount of the time, sure.

KING: Mackenzie's stepmother, Michelle Phillips, says that she's lying. Ahead, we'll tell you what she said.

We'll be back in 60 seconds.


KING: Welcome back. Our guest is Mackenzie Phillips.

As we've mentioned, the title of Mackenzie's Memoir is a lyric from she's just four -- when "She Was Just 14," written by her father. We have John Phillips' rendition of that song with photos from Mackenzie's life.




KING: That was Mick Jagger with him?

PHILLIPS: Um-hmm. It's a duet between my dad and Mick Jagger.

KING: What was the appeal of drugs to Mackenzie?

We'll find out when we come back.



KING: The book is "High on Arrival"

You have a son, Shane.

When and what did you tell him about the relationship with your dad?

PHILLIPS: Shane has known about the initial incident that I would like to call molestation for a long time. Shane's 22. And about, I don't know, I guess a month ago, I sat him down and I said, you know, this is going to be a widely disseminated subject. People are going to be talking about this and I need to prepare you. And his best friend, Blaze, who I help raise -- he's one of my -- my son's very best friends. And these kids, they're just great. And they all love me and they've all supported me.

I sat with Shane and Blaze and I went over step by step what I've told you. And I said, son, you know, you need to...

KING: What did you say?

PHILLIPS: He said -- he put his head on my shoulder and he said, "Mama, I'm sorry that happened to you." And then he looked at me and he said, "You better tell dad."

KING: How many times would you guess you were with your father, sexually?

PHILLIPS: I wouldn't be able to hazard a guess. I would...

KING: Would you say a lot? PHILLIPS: At least -- more than a dozen.

KING: When did it end?

PHILLIPS: It ended when I became pregnant.

KING: Was it his baby?

PHILLIPS: I don't know. I...

KING: Were you sleeping with someone else?

PHILLIPS: My son's father.

KING: So it could have been his baby, too?

PHILLIPS: It could very well have. But the implications of such were so mind-bogglingly disturbing to me. And in that moment I thought to myself, I'm -- I'm screwed in more ways than one.

KING: Did you have an abortion?

PHILLIPS: Yes, I did.

KING: Did you tell your father?

PHILLIPS: He paid for it and I never ever let him touch me again.

KING: Did he think it was his?

PHILLIPS: He didn't know. Neither of us knew.

KING: Did he ever, before he died, as you said -- you know the date and time and hour.

PHILLIPS: I was there holding his hand.

KING: Did he ever talk about it to you?



PHILLIPS: No. My -- if...

KING: Did you ever say why?

PHILLIPS: Yes, I did. I once called him. I was on the road with "Grease," the Broadway tour of the musical "Grease." And I called him. I was alone in a hotel and I was straight -- clean, sober, had been for several years at that point. And I called him and I said, "I feel so alone, pops -- Popsicle," I called him that sometimes, too. And I said, "You know, I -- I feel very alone on this planet and I need you to tell me why this happened.

Why am I the way I am?

Why would you choose me to --why would you visit this upon me?"

And he said, "Max," -- he called me Max. He said, "I don't -- I don't have those answers for you, kid. But I love you and I've got to go."

My father was a man who, he couldn't face -- I mean and, look, you know, I saw something today about how I claimed that my father shot me up with drugs for the first time. Those people that said that that is my claim should go out and buy his memoir, "Papa John: A Music Legend's Shattering Journey through Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll." It's out of print, but it's available on You'll be able to find out a lot about why my father was the way he was and he chronicles that in his book.

KING: But he never admitted to this?


KING: Why do you think he did it?

PHILLIPS: I think that my father didn't know how -- look, now I have family members who have had very different experiences with him. Both of my sisters -- my sisters have never been touched inappropriately by him, as far as I know, and I believe them.

I think that he, like I said, in his book, he had a very, very difficult childhood. Look, you take a man who has this hedonistic view of life and he is the king of all he sees. And he's a genius and he's a musical genius -- charismatic, bright, smart, funny. And you take a little girl who's always tugging, daddy, daddy, pay attention to me, I'm over here.

Then the little girl gets just as famous as the father. Then you add in the workplace. Then you add in huge amounts of drugs -- this desperate need for connection. It can -- I don't expect people to say, of course, that's exactly what would happen. But I would like your audience to understand how it could happen.

KING: Why are you not angry at him?

PHILLIPS: That's a really good question. I've always turned my anger inwards towards self-destruction.

KING: You blame yourself?

PHILLIPS: I've taken a lot of accountability for this, as you can see. I'm not blaming my father. I could have stopped it. I didn't. I didn't stop it until I was scared with eternal damnation, Larry.

KING: This is a weird question.

Did you enjoy it? PHILLIPS: It's very difficult for me to say, but yes, of course, at times, it was enjoyable. And at other times, it was absolutely horrifying. When I was able to actually take stock and say where are you right now and what are you doing, when you do that and you realize where you are and what you're doing...

KING: It would seem you'd want to tell some people. You know, this kind of thing to live with it, you'd want to tell someone -- someone real close to you, a tight friend.

PHILLIPS: I have told tight friends. I mean...

KING: At the time.

PHILLIPS: Yes. I mean there -- it's not -- look, my job isn't to out the people in my life in this book that I've told. That's their story. Now, it's possible that people may come forward now. I don't know. But I do know that there are people that I've told, but it's not my place to say I told so and so, call them up.

KING: I've got you.

When we come back, we'll talk about her stepmother and how much money she might have spent on drugs in her life.

Don't go away.



CHYNNA PHILLIPS: I'm part of my sister. You know, am I exceedingly joyful that my family secret that I told maybe my therapist, my husband and my very best friend in the world know now it's a platform for everybody to know?

It's very upsetting.

OPRAH WINFREY, HOST: So you've known for a while?

C. PHILLIPS: I've known for a long time.


KING: We're back with Mackenzie Phillips. The book is "High on Arrival."

According to "The Hollywood Reporter," your former stepmother, Michelle Phillips, who I know pretty well. She's quite a lady.

PHILLIPS: I love Mich.

KING: Whom you write about very warmly in your memoirs. She says that she had every reason to believe your allegation of incest is untrue. She's quoted as saying that in 1997, you told her you'd had a sexual relationship with your father, then called her back and said you were joking.

What's your response to that statement?

PHILLIPS: My response to that statement is that Michelle has known about this, in one form, for many years. It's not my place to tell Michelle's story, but I believe that this family is having -- and Drew will be able to speak to this -- a classic text...

KING: That's Dr. Drew. He'll be with us later.

PHILLIPS: Yes. A classic textbook reaction. I can't ex -- I can't tell their story, like I've been saying, but I understand that she's protecting something important to her. And maybe she can tell you...

KING: But that something is gone.

PHILLIPS: I can't, you know, you can't -- I -- I can't explain why there are members of my family who aren't supporting me.

KING: All right. She also told "The Hollywood Reporter" that you have a lot of mental illness and are jealous of your siblings.

PHILLIPS: If you can find one person that can tell you that I have ever been mentally ill in my life, I will give you $500. I've never had a problem with mental illness. And I...

KING: Why do you think she said that?

PHILLIPS: I think, as I said, that Michelle is trying to protect something, and I think it's probably the Mamas and Papas brand.

KING: Chynna Phillips, Michelle's daughter, your half sister, tells US Weekly that you called her in 1997, confessed to a 10-year incestuous relationship with your dad. She's quoted as saying, "I knew it was true. I mean, who in their right mind would make such a claim if it wasn't true." Chynna backs you up.

PHILLIPS: Chynna and I sat down several months ago and had a beautiful dinner together, and I told her the story that I've told you. And Chynna's known about this, in one form or another, for a long time as well. And I can't tell you -- Chynna has a Christian album coming out, which is absolutely brilliant. She's an amazing artist, and I can't tell you how much her support means to me.

KING: How old were you when you started on drugs?

PHILLIPS: I was 11.

KING: How did you start? What were the circumstances?

PHILLIPS: Well, my father and one of my stepmothers had left a large bowl of cocaine in plain view. My brother and I saw them put it under the TV cabinet, and they went into the other room to take a nap, which is unusual after doing large amounts of cocaine, to take a nap. And my brother and I went in there and pulled it out, and did what they did.

This is how many children first take drugs.  They imitate their parents.  Even those who know that it is wrong, have a very powerful connection with whatever it is that their parents have done.  

I once interviewed a young man who berated thieves.  He said that they were worst than drug pushers and went on to condemn them vehemently.  He said that his father and uncle had both been in prison for theft, and he had no respect for them. 

Yet, he was caught, in his own words of deception, in theft.  

It is very hard to break patterns from parental example, just as children will often enter their parents' language. 
KING: Did they know you were doing it?

PHILLIPS: They didn't know right away, but by the time I was 13, they were sharing their drugs with me.

KING: Were you addicted at 11?

PHILLIPS: No, no, sir.

Note the words following "no"

KING: When were you addicted?

PHILLIPS: Well, that's interesting, because cocaine isn't physically addicting. It's more of a psychological addiction.

The question is avoided.  She will clarify what "addiction" is within her personal, internal subjective dictionary. 

KING: The body doesn't need it.

PHILLIPS: That's right, but your brain believes, your emotions believe that you can't function without it. I became addicted to pain killers about three years ago for a severe pain condition that miraculously disappeared and no longer exists. I believe the mind can trick the body in order to justify drug use. And I think that's what happened to me. And I think we're seeing so much of that now in the press with the prescribing practices of so many doctors. And I was under that.

KING: Were you a drug user during the television show?

PHILLIPS: Yes, sir.

KING: Why didn't you write this book while your dad was alive?

PHILLIPS: I, first of all, wasn't ready to talk about it when my dad was alive. And you're only ready when you're ready.

KING: How were you able to work while taking cocaine?

PHILLIPS: Most of my drug career, if you will, was spent with a rampant cocaine habit. Cocaine users are constantly moving. They're not in a state of like, you know, that kind of high. It's not that at all. You're well, what's going on? How are you doing?

note "habit" not "addiction" as she references physical addiction above. 

You want to talk, you want to do, you want to clean, you want to do this. And so when you -- when -- that -- that speaks to my memory, because cocaine won't necessarily cloud your memory, but certainly lots of other drugs will.

I became a -- I became addicted to pain pills about three years ago and heroin about two-and-a-half years ago.

KING: How did you lick it?

PHILLIPS: Well, they may have stepped in -- my friends -- and I was arrested at LAX for possession. And I have since publicly thanked the Los Angeles Police Department for saving my life.

KING: It happened during, what, a security exam?

PHILLIPS: That's right. I was on my way to New York to do a reunion of the -- the "One Day At A Time" on the "Rachel Ray Show." And then my -- one of my sisters put me directly into a Narcanon in Louisiana, which is a program in Louisiana which is a very, very amazing drug rehab where I spent three-and-a-half months. And now I'm on 18 months informal probation. I'll be at a year on Halloween and then I'll have six months more to go and my record will be expunged.

KING: If you go back, what happens to you?

PHILLIPS: I will die. I guarantee it.

KING: What happens to you criminally?

PHILLIPS: I will go to jail and have my -- have my Constitutional rights stripped from me for the rest of my life.

KING: More right after this.

Don't go away.


KING: Did you ever think, Mackenzie, how much money you've spent on drugs? Did you ever run an estimate in your head?

PHILLIPS: It's funny you should say that, though, because my father and I were on the cover of "People" magazine when he was arrested for trafficking in narcotics. He was facing 45 years in prison and he asked me to help him. And it said "John and Mackenzie Phillips' Drug Habit" and that they spend over a million dollars a year. I don't where they got that number.

I'm sure I've spent -- I mean it's not just the drugs. It's the lifestyle. It's the --

KING: Did you sleep around a lot?

PHILLIPS: No, sir.


PHILLIPS: No, sir.

KING: Why not? I thought that's part of the lifestyle, too, with drugs?

PHILLIPS: Contrary to what people may be thinking about me right now, I held that very close for a very long time. I'm a -- I'm a -- I was a good wife. I'm a very good daughter.

Note the broken sentences begin the present tense, but correct to the past tense regarding wife.  Is she no longer a "good" wife?
Note that the question was about sex and being "good", within her personal, subjective internal dictionary has to do with not having sex.  This should have been explored by having her explain her meaning. 
KING: Married now?

PHILLIPS: No, I'm single now. 

KING: How many children, one?

PHILLIPS: I have one son, Shane.

KING: You ever overdose?

PHILLIPS: Yes, sir.

KING: What happened then?

PHILLIPS: I -- I mean since we're just going off the wall here, I woke up on the floor with a table on top of me and my dog licking me, trying to wake me up. I -- I've overdosed several times. I'm really lucky to be alive. And I -- I want to make a point here, that my story doesn't say to people who are out there using drugs at this moment, go out and use all the drugs you want -- or any kids who might be watching, because one day you'll be able to get clean.

The truth is that -- that most people like me, most of us die. Most of us either end up in a jail or in an institution or dead. And so if this is anything, I would call it a cautionary tale.

KING: Have you used alcohol?

PHILLIPS: In my life?

sensitive question...

KING: Well, was alcohol a part of this scene or not?

PHILLIPS: No. I never really was a -- an alcohol -- I mean, you know, it's really hard to separate alcoholism and drug addiction, but I don't believe that I -- I have that -- that thing.

KING: Didn't "One Day At A Time" fire you?


KING: They took you back?

PHILLIPS: Yes, sir.

KING: How did you get back if they knew you had this -- this scene?

How could they rely on you?

PHILLIPS: They put their faith in me and I sorely disappointed them. KING: Do you miss it?

PHILLIPS: I missed it so much.

KING: How did they write you out of the script?

PHILLIPS: I ran away and left my children. KING: That's the way they wrote it in, in a comedy?


KING: Well, that had to be tough for you to take.

PHILLIPS: It was really hard. Valerie came to surprise me on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." She never knew any of this. And I've seen you interview Valerie and she's a lovely woman.

KING: Yes.

PHILLIPS: And she -- her support has just meant a great deal to me.

KING: There is an irony. One of your early acting jobs was the 1973 TV movie "Go Ask Alice," about a teenaged girl who gets caught up in drugs and sex.

PHILLIPS: Yes, I played the baby hooker in the park. That was the name of my character, Baby Hooker.

KING: You also write that you abused drugs while pregnant with Shane.


KING: Didn't you realize the risk?

PHILLIPS: I've got to tell you that addiction isn't about realizing the risks. Consequences mean nothing when you're in that world. You don't know how to stop. You don't know where to go. You just think I am so screwed on a daily basis and keep doing what you know because that's all you know.

KING: How old are you?

PHILLIPS: I am 49 years old. I'll be 50 November 10th.

KING: Where are you now in life?

I mean what -- are you an actress?

Are you working?

PHILLIPS: I just finished a small independent film called "Peach, Plum, Pear." You know, I -- you know, look -- look, this book has put me at a great personal risk, in a way. I mean this isn't the kind -- this is not a resume builder. This isn't the kind of thing that's going to get me a series. You know, that's not my purpose here. That's not my goal --

KING: No, but it will financially secure you.

PHILLIPS: That remains to be seen.

KING: Well, it was obviously going to be a best-seller, don't you think?

In fact, there might be some people watching saying, you know, she's concocting this --

PHILLIPS: That's their --

KING: You know that, don't you?

PHILLIPS: I understand that. I understand that. This is a very difficult story to hear.

KING: You even rehabbed with your dad, right?

PHILLIPS: Yes, sir, I did.

KING: Don't keep saying sir.

PHILLIPS: I'm so sorry. I have such respect for you, it's very difficult for me.

KING: I'm just Larry.


KING: What was that like, to go in rehab with your father?

PHILLIPS: You know, it was really weird because my dad was like -- I said what do you mean you're putting me in rehab, you should be in rehab, too. You have to come in. So then he had me pee in a cup for him because I was clean, and hide it in the woods on the grounds of the rehab. And he'd got out there and sneak it and put it in as his urine, because he had drugs hidden all in the woods.

My dad was such a trip. I've got to tell you, though, he was the most charming man -- actually, I'm sorry. I almost said he could charm the pants off of you. I'm sorry. That's really not funny.

KING: How old was he when he died?

PHILLIPS: He was almost 65 years old.

KING: What did he die of?

PHILLIPS: He basically died of -- of a lifetime of alcoholism and addiction.

KING: She mentioned her costar. Here was -- hear what Valerie Bertinelli had to say.

And we'll be back in 60 seconds.


KING: We're back.

KING: Now, Mackenzie, you write in the book about Dr. Feel Goods and Rock Docs -- doctors who enable you and other celebrities in drug abuse.

What are your thoughts about this?

PHILLIPS: You know, I think that -- that this is really starting to come to the fore here with Michael Jackson and the new things about Anna Nicole. I know that -- that I was told that I would probably end up in a wheelchair and that I would be on opiates for the rest of my life.

I was diagnosed with lupus, carpal tunnel and brain vasculitis. I lived in an agonizingly painful world. I walked with a cane.

And all it took for me was to -- to get clean and get honest with myself and I had no physical pain anymore.

Many victims of childhood sexual abuse have issues with pain where the immune system is compromised, and they are, often, misdiagnosed.  

PHILLIPS: They behave inappropriately. These things -- sexually inappropriately. These things 
mething wrong with me and I have parts of myself walled off from other parts.

How do I bring this all together?

And, indeed, you never can, but you have to speak about all the different nuanced feelings honestly.

KING: What's the idea, Mackenzie, of the Feel No Evil Monkey?

PHILLIPS: My mother went to a school called The Club of the Three Wise Monkeys. And my grandmother, my father's mother, had a gold charm for her made with the speak no, see no, hear no evil monkeys. And I was fascinated by that charm. I'd sit in my mother's lap and play with it all the time.

And I became fascinated with the concept of speak no, see no, hear no evil. And -- and the actual depiction of three wise monkeys. And I began collecting it over the years. And I kind of figured that I might be the -- the fourth monkey, the feel no evil monkey.

Many childhood sexual abuse victims struggle because they had "no voice" and are trained to be silent and "sweep it under the rug" in life.  Unfortunately, the brain "remembers" and the body rebels against this, with all manner of illness.  I read a study recently that showed that childhood sexual abuse increases a woman's chance of cancer. 
KING: Yes.

We'll ask Mackenzie before she leaves us and say good night to Dr. Drew. He'll be back in a minute. We'll ask her to read something from the book.

We'll be right back.


KING: Our remaining moments with Mackenzie Phillips and in Los Angeles, Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Mackenzie will read a little from her memoir.

PHILLIPS: "It was, as I've said, a hard decision to reveal the sordid side of my relationship with my father -- father, but these are the complex, painful, heart-wrenching truths that infiltrate lives -- many lives, not just mine. I can't be the only one.

We note the word "with" when it is between people, as a signal of distance. 
"And I needed to tell that part of the story because I wanted to earn the right to talk about forgiveness.

"That moment I had in the hospital at my father's deathbed, the moment when I forgave him, was one of the most important moments of my life. Although I went on to relapse, I firmly believe that if I hadn't had that opportunity, I might not have made it.

"Fathers die, usually before their children. It can be hard to forgive because along with sexual abuse come other abuses -- physical, emotional. Sometimes stuff can't be forgiven. "But what I've found was that without forgiveness, you end up in the same cage you were in when you were suffering the abuse. I did not forgive my father for his benefit, although I know it brought him comfort. I did it because it was genuine. But I also did it because he was dying and if we had never spoken of it again, it would have been almost impossible for me to put it to rest.

"That is what I want to say to those who relate to my experience. Forgiveness is not to give the other person peace. Forgiveness is for you. Take that opportunity."

KING: Dr. Drew, what does she have to be careful about?

PINSKY: She has to be careful about doing drugs.


PINSKY: She has --


PINSKY: Every day of her life she --


PINSKY: Well, that if sobriety loses its priority and the work that she does on a daily basis starts to slip away and other things take -- take her attention, she will use. I mean she'll -- Mackenzie, you've got a bad addiction, right?

PHILLIPS: I have it bad, Dr. Drew. But I mean the fascinating thing is that I don't wake up every day thinking how am I going to get through the day without getting high, which has really been a gift for me.

PINSKY: Well, that's -- that's wonderful, which is -- which is nice. But you have to still practice the sobriety and as long as that's happening and the rigorous honesty, these things that you do and talk about, there's no doubt in my mind you'll stay sober.

KING: Because the scars have to remain from the incest. Say this is -- forget the drugs. PINSKY: Well, but, Larry, you've got to understand something. I mean this is what "The Mirror Effect" was about, the book I wrote, was that celebrities and people that we watch in the media very frequently have these kinds of histories. I can't tell you how frequently I've closed the door and talked to a patient who's a celebrity and you hear these amazing histories of trauma.

And when people have, you know, personal difficulties and behavioral problems, it's usually these kinds of -- not specifically this story, but these kinds of traumas that -- that are in people's past. And Mackenzie has it well in hand in terms of her treatment.

PHILLIPS: But it doesn't make you broken. It doesn't make it so that you can't go on and be -- once you deal with honestly and realistically what you've been through, it doesn't mean that you can't be counted on or you can't be well enough to be a part of the world.

KING: Do you consider yourself now someone who has beaten it or are you an addict in withdrawal?

PHILLIPS: I don't feel as though I'm an addict in withdrawal.

This is what she said, "I don't feel" which is weak.  It allows others to feel differently.  Note that she says "withdrawal" but she is corrected by Pinksy, and then asked by King to clarify: 
PINSKY: In recovery.

KING: Or recovery?

PHILLIPS: Well, yes, of course I'm a person in recovery. I mean, the -- you know, you -- I don't think you can ever really completely beat it. I don't think that anyone who has any experience with addiction and recovery will tell you exactly that. I know Drew will say that.

It's -- it's a daily -- it's a daily thing.

It may be that she was using or withdrawing at the time of the interview. 

KING: Is she a good patient, Drew?

PINSKY: It's a chronic illness that requires daily treatment.

She was great, I tell you, absolutely.

But let me reiterate what Mackenzie said. An addiction is more like diabetes than pneumonia. It's a chronic, lifelong condition that requires daily management. And just like taking insulin everyday and controlling your blood sugar, if you do the treatment, the treatment works. If you don't do the treatment, if you're a diabetic, your blood sugar goes out of control. If you're an addict, you use.

KING: Let's hope the public understands it, as well.

Thank you so much, Mackenzie.

PHILLIPS: Thank you.

KING: Thank you, Dr. Drew.

PHILLIPS: Thank you, Drew. PINSKY: Thank you, Larry.

Thank you, Mac.

KING: The book is "High On Anxiety." Mackenzie --

PHILLIPS: "High On Arrival" not anxiety.


PHILLIPS: High anxiety.

KING: That was a good movie.

PHILLIPS: Ooh, "High Anxiety."

KING: Anxiety, Mel Brooks. What a good way to end it, on a little laugh.

PHILLIPS: Thank you.

KING: "High On Arrival," Mackenzie Phillips.

Analysis Conclusion:

Mackenzie Phillips is telling the truth about being a victim of incest and rape at the hands of her father.  There's sensitivity around things she does not wish to explore, but regarding incest, she is telling the truth.   Regarding drug abuse, and possibly currently using, is something different. 

The question for us is about the incest .

Her words, and pronoun usage indicate veracity about her father's sexual abuse, and there are many signals that he sexually abused her at an earlier age than she may even realize. 


Anonymous said...

Excellent analysis, Peter. Having watched and heard this interview at the time it occurred, I also believed her every word at the time.

The woman wasn't lying, and like you, I believe her sexual abuse at the hands of her father started much younger than she has detailed, or possibly even remembers. She was, after all on heavy drugs since she turned eleven years old, with her father and stepmother at the time even giving her those drugs.

Michelle Phillips, John's wife at the time of his passing (?) is lying and knows she is in not admitting she knew MacKenzie was being sexually abused by her father, or at least realizing her story was true when it was told to her. B'tch should be ashamed for not standing by MacKenzie now, which only further hurts her.

This is what most of these abused daughters and other family members have to suffer; mothers, step-mothers and other family member who will pretend to look the other waym or deny and not believe or help them. Michelle Phillips is despicable for this.

INO, MacKenzie has carried this heavy burden and personal guilt for so long that she can never fully recover, will carry the painful emotional scars to her death, and still may even commit suicide. I feel very badly for all she has suffered at the hands of her own father.

Him? Probably burning in the firey embers of hell as we speak. I don't care how much dope he did or how smart he thought he was, or SHE thought he was; this man HAD to know that what he was doing to his own daughter was deadly wrong. The b'stard.

Anonymous said...

John Phillips probably started grooming MacKenzie at a very young age, making her his little darling and keeping her ever so close while making her totally dependent on him for drugs and his special affection. He knew what he was doing. S.O.B.

Anonymous said...

"I was in the act of having sex with my father and I..."

Peter, as I understand, she said "sex with my father" and the part "and I" seems to be the start of a new thought. (that she did not finish)

Isn't it strange she uses the "having sex with" phrase? Why didn't she discribe it as a rape in the interview? Was it because she participated in the act due to being high on drugs? She called it rape only in connection with confronting her dad a few months later.

Anonymous said...

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Statement Analysis Blog said...

Anonymous said...
"I was in the act of having sex with my father and I..."

Peter, as I understand, she said "sex with my father" and the part "and I" seems to be the start of a new thought. (that she did not finish)

Isn't it strange she uses the "having sex with" phrase? Why didn't she discribe it as a rape in the interview? Was it because she participated in the act due to being high on drugs? She called it rape only in connection with confronting her dad a few months later.
January 11, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Excellent observation. It is the language of victims in need of help and clarity. She is very ill.


Anonymous said...


Heather Elvis case analysis (Part I)

Heather Elvis vanished between Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 2013 and still hasn't been located. It's in the back of everyone's minds: Is there a predator on the loose in Myrtle Beach? That question is amplified by the fact that this is the same location where Brittanee Drexel vanished several years ago. I don't know how much research is being done, but I am sure authorities are doing what they can. Nonetheless, I was compelled to dig a little on my own to find out if there are any actual signs of serial killer activity in the Myrtle Beach area (or outlying area. I'm glad I started digging, because I'm beginning to see patterns in unsolved disappearances in the area -- which leads me to believe that something foul is going on in South Carolina.

I've mapped the past 20 years of disappearances and unsolved homicides, and as you can see from the following post, the results are a little disturbing. Could any of this research indicate that Heather is the victim of a serial predator? I believe that if Heather herself isn't a victim of some kind of serial killer in the area, then she's at least inspired a look into the possibility. I believe that authorities in South Carolina have their work cut out for them.

Dail Dinwiddie * Sept. 24, 1992 * Columbia, S.c.

An attractive woman in her early 20s, Dail was reportedly kidnapped after walking from a bar in the late night/early morning hours. A known murderer has been connected to her case before, but never proven. Her case remains unsolved and there appears to be a complete and total lack of evidence leading in any direction for this woman. The picture on the far left is the most recent photo prior to Dail's disappearance. The photo on the right is an age-progressed image of what she may look like today. It should be noted that the town of Columbia is just a two hour drive west from Myrtle Beach.

Paula Louise Merchant * Jan. 3, 1999 * Forest Acres, S.c.

Last seen leaving her home at approx. 6:30 p.m. to head to church but never made it. Her car was later found abandoned at the 2000 block of Commerce Drive in Columbia, S.c. It had been burned and no other evidence has presented itself over the years. However, much like the case of Dail Dinwiddie, officials believe Paula was the victim of presumed serial killer Reinaldo Rivera. It should be noted that Forest Acres is in/around Columbia, making it only around two hours west of Myrtle Beach.

John Mc Gowan said...


Brooke Henson * July 4, 1999 * Travelers Rest, S.c.

Brooke vanished after a party when she reportedly left on foot to walk to a convenience store. Her case has been a volatile one over the years with many of her friends and loved one refusing to cooperate due to the level of illegal activity surrounding their lifestyles. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that any of her loved ones are responsible for her disappearance. Nonetheless, officials claim to have a suspect but they've never found the evidence to warrant an arrest. It should be noted that Travelers Rest is four hours west of Myrtle Beach -- with Columbia, S.c. being the central point between the two locations.

Sherri Lynn Puzjak * Oct. 29, 2005 * Orangeburg, S.c.

Virtually no details available in this pretty young woman's disappearance. She was reportedly last seen with an Hispanic male. Otherwise, nothing is known about her disappearance. It seems that Sherri is one of those missing woman who has slipped through the cracks of awareness and justice. Is she alive? Is she dead? Who's the Hispanic male she was last seen talking to?

Note: Orangeburg is approx. two hours west of Myrtle Beach, just a little south of Columbia.

Brittanee Drexel * April 25, 2009 * Myrtle Beach, S.c.

Of course everyone is currently talking about this disappearance and drawing comparisons between it and the disappearance of Heather Elvis. Officials in Myrtle Beach don't appear convinced that the cases are related, but it would be dishonest to omit Drexel's profile from this list. Brittanee vanished without a trace after heading to Myrtle Beach with friends against her mother's wishes. She vanished after leaving the motel she was staying at and was never seen or heard from again. A small handful of people have been suspected but nothing concrete. She remains missing and her case is unsolved.

Stacy Lester * Aug. 09, 2009 * Sumter, S.c.

She was last seen at a hospital having what is being reported as a "common medical procedure" done -- but what exactly isn't being shared, for clear reasons of medical privacy. She was never seen or heard from again, but police accidentally closed her case at one point on mistaken info that she had been located. She still hasn't been located and very little information exists about her case for some reason. The pretty blonde vanished from under two hours away from Myrtle Beach.

John Mc Gowan said...


Brandy Renee Hanna * May 20, 2005 * Charleston, S.c.

Vanished from her home without a trace. No suspects in her case, and not very many details at all. Her loved ones believe that she left her home for something, intending to return, but never made it back. The lack of details in her case is just perplexing, but it doesn't seem like anything new as far as South Carolina disappearances go. Charleston is just about two hours south of Myrtle Beach.

Christine Marie Ludwig * Jan. 17, 2012 * Richland County, S.c.

Little is known about Christine's disappearance other than she was last seen at a business near the 1400 block of Bluff Road, Columbia. Her car was later found abandoned in a Bi-Lo parking lot in the same city.

There have been no detail providing whether or not she's a victim of foul play, but the fact that she's never been found and her car abandoned just reeks of suspicion.

Take note that this is just the research of the missing women in the area who are missing under similar or unknown circumstances. This is not yet counting the unsolved homicides or Jane Does in a two to four hour radius yet, but it's already shaping up to be a profile of missing women who remain missing with no answers.

It's likely that not all of these cases are connected -- if even any of them are at all -- but I have a gut feeling that someone is responsible for at least a couple of the disappearances, and this person is likely centrally located -- meaning he travels outward for his victims -- possibly from the Columbia area, outward. This is just a hunch.

Jane Doe #856UFSC (Doe Network) *1992* Charleston, S.c.
No case information available, near-complete skeleton of a female. Age 15-20 years old, no clothing or jewelry present. No police information about this particular Doe either.

Jane Doe #347UFSC (Doe Network) *1995* Yemassee, S.c.

Possibly biracial or Hispanic, but it must be noted that bone structure may tell anthropologists one thing, but still not be entirely accurate. This woman died by strangulation/homicide and presumably laid on her back for around 12 hours before she was moved and dumped in a ditch where she was found. This is likely because pooling may have been noticed on her backside (pooling is when blood settles where a body is laying on whatever part of the body). Officials believe this means she was transported from 12 hour away (likely) but it could also simply mean that she had just been dead for 12 hours prior to being moved for any other variety of reasons.

Anonymous said...


Jane Doe #830UFSC (Doe Network) *2006* Mount Pleasant, S.c.
Female aged 14 to 19 but unidentifiable. She had been dead for an undetermined amount of time (likely several years) and had no clothing or jewelry. No trauma to her skull, which was found beneath a bridge apparently separated from her body.

Is someone preying on women in South Carolina? Very likely. I find it worrisome that some of the more recently missing women have yet to be located. This could mean a number of things, but there do appear to be themes shared by their disappearances and the disappearance of Heather Elvis. So what happened to her?
(Please wait for Part II)

John Mc Gowan said...

Quetsion, why are my posts showing up as anons?

John Mc Gowan said...

Some of them anyway?

Anonymous said...

The FBI reports there are 30-50 active serial killers in the US. Other reports there are 50-300.

Anonymous said...

Hey John! So good to see you again. Don't know why some of your posts (one this time?) showed up as anonymous. But I do know that there have been quite a few posts that were made in your name with no icon that identified you which were clearly not your posts, nor did they sound like your posts.

In any case, missed you; glad to see you back!

I SOO agree, something is definitely wrong with the investigations of all these woman in S.C. This is just not right; something has definitely gone amuck here. Keep going, you might land up with something majorly important to these cases.

Unknown said...

Hi John, glad to see you!

Anonymous said...

"I was in the act of having sex with my father". She was a willing participant and admitted this. This is what sicko disgusting incest pedophile John Phillips romantically groomed and trained her to do from a very young age, which subsequently became a normal part of her life as a young girl/woman.

He had made her feel special, like a woman, like she was all his; like she was more important to him than any woman ever had been before her or ever could be. He made her adore and idolize him. He trained her this way.

She would have naturally become acclimated to being his willing and delightful sex partner; until at some point the guilt became overwhelming to her. (The mystery pregnancy was an awakening?) Only thing is, it never did register with him what he had done to her nor did he care either! The man had no conscience. Not a shred.

It was only much later that it began to dawn on her that what he had been doing to her all along was rape. She still has not entirely admitted this to herself, continues to defend him and carries all the blame herself.

I don't see how she will ever be able to put it into its' rightful perspective where it belongs. Yes, she is very sick and I think suicidal. It is like John Phillips all but killed her soul, which now she is trying hard to hold onto. So sad. Pathetic.

Tania Cadogan said...

I was in the act of having sex with my father and I...

i started analysing her statement phrase by phrase ( not fun when i have flu) i picked up on this phrase as unexpected.
As a victim why does she take ownership of the act she was having sex with her father rayjer than the expected he was having sex/raping me.

I also noticed she admitted to being high on drugs yet when asked about her dad being high she says absolutely rather than yes. As we all know, absolutely doesn't mean yes.

What is clear is that sex took place and that she takes partial responsibility for it, something which could be expected in a sex abuse victim, where they blame themselves rather than their abuser. It is a sign on grooming, yet it still bugs me that something isn't right with her stement. I know drugs played a big part of her life which might explain the temporal lacuna, no mention is made of why the wedding didn't go ahead or what happened after to Jeff, Given the drugs, the relaxed lifestyle is it possible ( and yes people will likely shout for this thought)that there were times when she was the instigator rather than the victim ( see the ablove bolded comment)

This would fit in with the lifestyle, the grooming, the drugs. A life where she admits her father had no boundries, being raised in such a lifestyle is damaging to the child, not knowing right from wrong, what is appropriate and what isn't.

I am also wary when celebs do their i had an abusive childhood line as often they make it up to sell whatever book or movie they are doing, to be in the spotlight and get sympathy. I see it all the time with celebs running off to rehab and claiming this and that addicition, how badly they were treated, how poor et, it is the new trend with millions if not billions up for grabs. I would like to hear from other family members who were around them at the time since any memory for a drug or alcohol hazy memory is inherently open to question, did it happen, did it happen as claimed, did it happen with who you said etc. Remember all the fuss about false recovered memories.

She is highly damaged simply from all the drugs she used and thus i have to take everything she says with a pinch of salt, one cannot take it as gospel simply because she said so, The drugs did untold damage to her then and perhaps even now. I will reread it and look again at my analysis thus far. There is domething off and it;s bugging me

Anonymous said...

According to Phillips, the incestuous relationship ended when she became pregnant and did not know who had fathered the child. These doubts resulted in an abortion, which her father paid for, "and I never let him touch me again

Here she is saying she let him

Anonymous said...

Hobnob, if you have ever listened to Oprah talk about her experience of being molested she says that what most victims don't talk about is that it's enjoyable. This is one reason the abuse usually continues over a long perod of time instead of being a one time only occurance. How can this be something bad if it felt good? Between the lines I am sure there were times that she initiated the sex so in her mind how can it be rape if she not only consented but "asked for it" plus she was over 18? I think when she answered 'absolutely' it's because she was wasted everytime it happened so her father had to have been, right? Because in her thinking if he was sober and did this to her then he's just evil and she can't bear the thought of that. It may be that she's doing this for money but that doesn't make it untrue. Anon J

Tania Cadogan said...

I have not said that it is untrue, her language indicates it did happen, as i explained though given their copious drug use, the lifestyles lived i have to ask was it totally all her fathers fault or was it mutual, drugs drop inhibitions and if you do not know better, you have been conditioned to think certain things are ok or not ok, that there are no taboos, it will be reflected in their language. The grooming could well have been such that she didn't comprhend it was abuse, then again it could be that both were the abuser and the victim at one and the same time ( if he was the abuser then what went on in his life to make it so) one also has to be aware of the celebrity bandwagon, there is much money to be made in tell all autobiographies, what used to be treated with disgust, what caused scandal, what was kept hushed up is now the bread and butter of tell all books and reality tv. Given the drug use i have to take everything said with a pinch of salt, the same as i would with an alcoholic, why> because they are inveterate liars and often say and do anything to get money. She has my sympathies as she is clearly badly damaged by her childhood. I question her motive, is she revealing this because she wants the truth to be known and to show support for victims of abuse, is she doing it for another reason such as celebrity, is she doing this for money, is she doing this for payback or revenge. Contentious words i know, there are sections it it which make me want to ask further questions especially since we have only her side of events. Vicitms can of often do invire further abuse as it is the only way they know how to get attentuion, to feel wanted, to even feel loved. Victims can and do become abusers themselves simply because it is all they know. It also goes to show that abuse affects not just the victim it also affect all subsequent generations of the victim and their family.

Anonymous said...

It was all her father's fault. He HAD to have been inappropriate with her all along but this was the first time he'd gone that far. That's what I infer. If her father had never been sexually inappropriate with her before then she would have been shocked at what was happening. She has no surprise in her description, only resignation. "I was in the act of having sex with my father." The word 'with' implies distance or reluctance does it not? She didn't want to be there she just didn't stop it. "How did I get here?" Not, why is this happening?

Then later when she confronts him, further resignation "I am so screwed" when he corrects her and implies she consented by saying "...we made love." If someone rapes you then implies you wanted it you'd be outraged. She wasn't, she blamed herself. So this sort of behavior from him had to have happened before and no doubt he'd conditioned her to think it was her fault. The reason I say her father is at fault is that her emotional development stopped at eleven years old as soon as she began using drugs and her parents encouraged it.

I guess I am wondering why the motive in her telling is even important here. SA backs her up so we know she isn't lying. She didn't finish the sentence because Larry King interrupted her. I can't agree that every addict is a compulsive liar. It's cool, I'm enjoying the discussion, Hobnob, respect :) anon J

Anonymous said...

Let's first begin by accepting that MacKenzie IS telling the truth. Not a partial or deluded truth, but the whole truth; including where she talks about the rape she experienced at fourteen years old. Clearly, this earlier rape was not committed by her father John Phillips. Why make it appear that she is covering up for her father in this instance or was lying about this, or about any other details, when we already know she was being truthful. Period.

Secondly, there is no way this book will be a major money-maker. For one thing, John Phillips is dead and no one cares about an old dead celebrity; nor do the cold-hearted (many) care about a "whining, I'm gonna get even with you now" emotionally sick daughter left behind who can't come to grips with her self-indulged reality; Or so this is how she will be thought of.

MacKenzies' going public with this incestuous sick relationship with her father (many years of rape of the most evil kind), and THIS BOOK, however well-intentioned she wanted it to be; will destroy whatever chances MacKenzie might have had at cleaning up her emotionally scarred life and making a new beginning.

She is labeled by many with a snicker now by all those who will not accept her truth, and is forever scarred publically by revealing this dirty secret-side of hers' and John Phillips' sexually comingled lives; many who will blame her even more than her disgusting father.

Surprise surprise. There are many in the celebrity industry and throughout the public who will never forgive her for bringing 'HER troubles' to the light of day, nor will they believe or accept that she told the truth since (their excuse), John is not here to defend himself.

Head-in-the-sand in-denial lying ostrich Michelle Phillips is a case in point and just one of many. Many people do not want to believe or accept the truth and will always accuse her of lying.

There is no way that I believe MacKenzie wrote this tell-all book as a money maker. The woman is hurting not seeking fortune, not even seeking forgiveness. IMO, there would not be enough money in the world that could adequately compensate her for the drug infested roller coaster emotionally devastating treadmill life she has lived as the result of her pedophile incestuous father molesting/coercing/raping her; grooming and preparing her as his own woman starting at a very young age; so young and so stoned that she doesn't actually know when it all started.

IMO, she has a far less chance of ever being a money-maker again either as a result of this book or in any other way; or in successfully moving her life forward in the movie/celebrity industry or in any other positive pursuit. There will be many who want nothing to do with her and will avoid her like the plague.

All that she has revealed serves no useful purpose to her benefit; only more sorrow, and could, as a matter of fact, be the final straw that leads to her suicide. MacKenzie Phillips has led and will continue to lead the shameful and devastating life her own father dealt out upon her.

C5H11ONO said...

She had 16 references to "dad" and 37 references to "father". I noticed that when she referred to him as "father" it was always in relation to drugs and sex.

I feel awful for her. I think her self loathing and self-sabotage stems from her inability to accept that this was not her fault or doing. I too hope she gets help.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

C5H11ONO said...
She had 16 references to "dad" and 37 references to "father". I noticed that when she referred to him as "father" it was always in relation to drugs and sex.

I feel awful for her. I think her self loathing and self-sabotage stems from her inability to accept that this was not her fault or doing. I too hope she gets help.
January 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Well put. An opinion drawn from analysis of her statement.
Excellent work.


Anonymous said...

Hobnob - you ask, "...was it totally all her father's fault?" The answer is YES. Regardless of her age or drug use, her father had a duty to not have sex with his daughter - NO MATTER WHAT.

Anonymous said...

Hobnob, your prejudices are getting in the way of your analysis. '' Was it totally, all her her father's fault?'' An interesting choice of words. It seems if it's one percent HER fault you can justifiably say it wasn't totally all his. Why are you looking for that? '' It could be that both were the victim and abuser at one and the same time'' Well, no,not really. How can she be an abuser of him?

IMO opinion her internew reveals that while she was often on drugs or disassociated from her behaviour, he was not. Although she wants to share the responsibility the truth is he groomed her from childhood and knew exactly what he was doing.

Unknown said...

I'm surprised none of the many references to doors and lights were not mentioned