- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009

Phillips reveals abuse

Former child star Mackenzie Phillips said Wednesday her father, John Phillips, who was a leader of the 1960s pop group the Mamas and the Papas, raped her when she was a teenager. She said her sexual relationship with him later became what she termed “consensual.”

In her new book, “High on Arrival,” Miss Phillips - who was born in Alexandria - writes that she had sex with her father on the night before she was to get married in 1979 at age 19, according to People magazine.

“I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father,” she wrote.

During an interview Wednesday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Miss Winfrey read a statement from Genevieve Waite - Mr. Phillips’ wife at the time of the reported abuse and Miss Phillips’ stepmother - that said he was “incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such a relationship with his own child.”

Mr. Phillips died in 2001.

Miss Phillips, who starred on TV’s “One Day at a Time,” said the sexual relationship with her father lasted a decade and ended when she became pregnant and didn’t know who had fathered the child. She had an abortion, which her father paid for, and “and I never let him touch me again.”

She also told Miss Winfrey that she first tried cocaine when she was 11 years old. Her father did drugs with her, teaching her how to roll joints and injecting her with cocaine, she said. Miss Phillips said she has been clean for a year after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine and entering a drug-treatment program.

Miss Phillips said the sexual relationship, although she believes it became consensual, was “an abuse of power” and “a betrayal” on her father’s part. She said she forgave Mr. Phillips on his deathbed.

“I can’t be the only one this has happened to,” Miss Phillips said. “Someone needs to put a face on consensual incest.”

Hall finalists set

Kiss, LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers could be among next year’s inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are part of a group of 12 acts in contention for the 2010 class. Other first-time nominees include Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and songwriter Laura Nyro, Associated Press reports.

Some of the names on the ballot have been there before - Donna Summer, Darlene Love, ABBA, the Chantels and the Stooges.

Only five acts make it in. The 25th annual induction ceremony is slated for March 15 in New York. The inductees will be announced in December.

Jewel stalked

A man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her rural Texas ranch said he was on a mission from God, Associated Press reports.

Michael Lawrance Kozelka of Wisconsin was arrested last week after he went to the 2,000-acre Stephenville ranch owned by Jewel’s husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.

Mr. Kozelka was charged with stalking, a felony that carries a maximum 10-year jail sentence, according to jail records.

Double trouble

Turns out a story published Tuesday about Jaclyn Smith being shot in Honduras wasn’t true.

Her stunt double took the bullet.

According to TMZ.com, Sandra Franklin, who doubled for Miss Smith on “Charlie’s Angels,” is reportedly in stable condition after being shot in the abdomen in her home on Roatan Island, off the Honduran coast.

The cause of the shooting is still not clear, TMZ said.

New MJ song due

The first posthumous release of a new Michael Jackson song, “This Is It,” is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Sony Music Entertainment offered few details about the song, except to say it includes backing vocals by Mr. Jackson’s brothers, Associated Press reports. Two weeks later, Sony is releasing a two-disc set to coincide with the movie that shows scenes of Mr. Jackson rehearsing for his series of London concerts. Mr. Jackson died June 25 before publicly stepping back onstage.

The album includes some of his greatest hits as they appeared on previous albums. The second disc features previously unreleased versions of Mr. Jackson’s songs and a spoken-word poem from the King of Pop called “Planet Earth.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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