Lindsay Lohan's father Michael is attempting to overturn his daughter's "harsh" 90-day jail sentence - he has written to the judge urging her to let the actress spend six months in rehab instead. During a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 6, Judge Marsha Revel ruled the "Mean Girls" star had breached her probation relating to a string of drink-driving offenses by failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes.
Lohan was ordered to surrender to court on July 20 and will spend the rest of the summer behind bars. After she is released, she must spent another 90 days in residential rehab. But Michael Lohan is adamant his daughter does not belong in jail and has written a letter to Judge Revel asking her to reconsider the sentence and allow the actress to spend six months in a treatment program instead.
He tells TV newsman Larry King, "Any time in jail is harsh, especially for a young lady like Lindsay that doesn't need jail. I've been there myself, and I know jail didn't do anything for me with my addictions... I'm sorry. I'm just... a little upset..."
"This girl needs a rehab. She needs help... If Lindsay's lawyer and Lindsay would have just listened to us, she would have been in a rehab, she would have been on her way to being clean and sober and have her life back. Instead, she got jail and - jail and rehab."
His lawyer, Lisa Bloom, adds, "I don't want there to be misinterpretation that Michael and I think the sentence was appropriate because we don't. And we sent a letter to the court today. We sent one previously, begging the court not to incarcerate her because I'm a pragmatist, Larry. What message does it send to someone if they go to jail for 84 minutes or for a day and a half?"
"Mandated six months or longer in an in-patient treatment facility that knows what they're doing, a facility that will take her off all the drugs, the prescriptions, and otherwise, and then give her life back." Lohan's mother Dina has also condemned the decision to send the star to jail, telling Popeater.com, "This is so not fair to do this to my child."
Also supporting Lindsay Lohan is The director of her upcoming movie about iconic porn star Linda Lovelace. Matthew Wilder has vowed to support the actress throughout her upcoming jail stint and will have to delay production on "Inferno" as a result of Lohan's punishment, but he's standing by the troubled star.
He tells the Associated Press, "(The crew is) 100 per cent behind Lindsay. We are proud to have this remarkable artist work on our film." Lohan's jail time will also keep her from promoting Robert Rodriguez's action movie "Machete", which is due for release in September.