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Make no mistake, the accusation still stands.

Heeding the calls from survivor groups and casual viewers (and readers) alike, Mackenzie Phillips has amended her shocking personal revelation made both in her book and while making the media rounds last year.

While she doesn't deny that she had a sexual relationship with her father, Mamas and the Papas singer John Phillips, she is now insistent that it was never consensual.

"First of all, I'd like to reframe my word 'consensual,'" she said on The Joy Behar Show last night, while appearing alongside Dr. Drew to promote the new season of Celebrity Rehab. "As I was writing the book, I thought, this word, it kept sitting wrong with me, but I used it for lack of a better word.

"Since then, I've been schooled by incest survivors all across the world that there really is no such thing as consensual incest, due to the inherent power a parent has over a child. And so I wouldn't necessarily call it a consensual relationship at this time."

As for why she mislabeled the traumatic event in High on Arrival, Phillips said she was simply trying to make sense of the event and refrain from tarnishing her father's name beyond repair.

"I took a lot of responsibility, because I was trying to preserve my father's memory for some reason," said Phillips. "And I'm learning all this after the fact."

Better late than never.

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Need a palate cleanser? Mel Gibson making a fool of himself is always good for a laugh.