In the ongoing volley of finger-pointing and denials following actress Mackenzie Phillips‘ shocking allegations that she had been involved in an incestuous relationship with her father, music legend John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, Mackenzie’s best friend has come out swinging in her defense.

Owen Elliot, the daughter of John’s bandmate Cass Elliot tells Extra, “Mackenzie is my best friend. She speaks her truth, and it’s not a pretty truth. She has lived with this for 30+ years, and talking about this now is an important part of her recovery. I am very proud of her. Her bravery in telling her story is bound to help others.”

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