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According to Dina Lohan, there’s nothing wrong with her daughter that can’t be blamed on the media, the paparazzi, and the Beverly Hills judge who sent Lindsay to jail, and then ordered her to drug and alcohol rehab for 90 days.
No matter that it’s the fourth stint in rehab for Lohan, 24, since 2007, when the “Mean Girls” star said in a statement that her life had become “completely unmanageable” because she was addicted to alcohol and drugs.
In a terse and defensive TV interview on Friday, mom Dina appeared to have no regrets and took no responsibility for the rapid and alarming downfall of her daughter, who came alone to Hollywood at the age of 19 to live, work, and party all night long.
“I had to let her go and let her live and fall and fail and survive. Without failure, there’s no success,” she said. “I was there in close proximity, but you can’t make your child not go out and go to a club and not get behind the wheel of a car. I certainly don’t condone any of that behavior,” Dina Lohan said, adding that it was part of a parent’s responsibility to give their children freedom.
Europeans celebrated and stunned U.S. officials vowed to try again to extradite director Roman Polanski if they ever find a “cooperative” jurisdiction in the future.
But where was Hollywood on Monday when Polanski finally won his freedom in Switzerland and avoided a showdown in California over the rape of a 13 year-old girl in 1977? Largely silent, despite having awarded Polanski a best director Oscar for his searing 2002 movie “The Pianist”, set in a World War Two ghetto.
(Note: Strong language in picture at bottom)
She said she was a changed woman. She pleaded for forgiveness. She cried before a judge. But on her middle finger nail she had painted an expletive. Was it a message to the judge? To the prosecutor? To the media? Regardless, when the gavel came down in the courtroom of Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, Lindsay Lohan was headed for jail.
The “Mean Girls” actress on Tuesday was sentenced to 90 days in jail — three 30-day terms, served consecutively — for each of two drunken driving charges and one reckless driving charge. (Read the story here) .
Two Hollywood stars. Two different stories.
1) Former child star turns wild child, convicted of drunken driving, goes into rehab a few times, parties ’round the clock, gets dumped from at least one movie, plans role as porn queen — and becomes laughing stock of the celebrity media.
2) Middle-aged actor, three times married, plays raunchy womanizer, couple of stints in rehab, former client of notorious Hollywood Madam, pulls knife on wife during drunken Christmas Day argument – and almost doubles salary to become highest-paid actor on TV.
From the wacky world of Hollywood comes two larger than life stories — but only one of them may be true.
1) Double Emmy winner, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” fame gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grumpy “Seinfeld” creator Larry David was among those turning out to celebrate with her. But there’s one problem. Just before the ceremony, organizers realize they have spelled one of Julia’s names wrong (Whoops!) and scramble to fix it before she arrives.
We have to admit, we were sorry to read these stories. In the past week, celebrity news Web site TMZ has run several items about Lindsay Lohan returning to substance abuse. Their latest report is here, and it deals with Los Angeles police who help protect Lohan from the paparazzi. TMZ cites unnamed “cops” as saying that they have become increasingly concerned about Lohan’s “erratic behavior” which has grown progressively worse. This follows other reports, here and here, about Lohan’s supposed substance abuse and friends being concerned for her safety.
We have no idea if Lindsay is having trouble with drugs and alcohol, again, because we don’t hang out with her and her Hollywood club kid friends. (Her publicist did not respond to the reports on Monday) .
Umm. No. — at least according to a poll by celebrity market researcher E-Poll.
Lohan — former Disney child star, turned member of the “Mean Girls,” then media sensation, before plunging into alcohol and drug abuse and going to rehab, from which she emerged to a troubled acting career and then flopped in the world of fashion, all before she turns 24 years old this year — has sued E*Trade Financial Corp, seeking $100 million for an advertisement that Lohan claims wrongly uses her “likeness, name, characterization, and personality” without permission, violating her right of privacy. The ad involves toddlers. Read that story here.
Lindsay Lohan has sued E*Trade Financial for $100 million, saying a “milkaholic” baby girl who appeared in a recent commercial was modeled after her. You can read the story here.
Watch the video on YouTube below and judge for yourself.
Actress Lindsay Lohan appeared before a judge on Friday to explain why she had not regularly attended her alcohol education program. LiLo was mostly quiet, letting her attorney do the talking, but a photo from the hearing shows she had something to say with her index finger.
The word, “Shhh…” was tattooed on the digit. It’s been there for awhile, but this photo from the courtroom shows how the tattoo can add drama to even the most mundane of gestures.