Lindsay and Michael Lohan are about to have dueling court cases. While it was reported on Sunday that Lindsay was trying to get a restraining order against her father, on Monday it was reported that her father is firing back, and will go to court in an attempt to get a conservatorship for his daughter.
Convinced that his daughter is off the wagon again – which was at the heart of his attempted intervention last Friday – Michael is planning to meet with lawyers early this week, although the report says he has already been speaking to one.
To be clear, however, while this sounds a lot like Britney Spears’ conservatorship, unlike that case, in which Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, is the conservator, Michael told the lawyer he does not want to become Lindsay’s. The reason should be obvious: Michael doesn’t want to run his daughter’s finances because some will call it a scheme to gain access to her money (as some did with regard to Spears).
While Michael will ask the judge to appoint a conservator, one person is definitely out, in his mind: Dina. Dina is one of the hangers-on that Michael feels is involved in Lindsay’s backsliding.
Assuming the conservatorship is approved, Michael will push for the conservator to send Lindsay back to rehab. According to the source, Michael believes her stints in rehab – much like her stints in jail – have not been successful. “She went in dirty and didn’t come out clean,” he said, and he blames the results on other people in her life who “enable” her addictive behaviors.
In this stint in rehab, her father wants Lindsay free of the influence of the enablers in her life. Whether or not that includes Josh Chunn, who is supposedly her new boyfriend but who says he is the best influence in her life, is unclear.
Finally, Michael told the lawyer he wants the conservator to work to convince Dina Lohan that the entire family needs group therapy. Dina has always refused it in the past, he said, and he feels it has been a roadblock, always preventing a full recovery by his daughter.
We reported earlier that Lindsay’s entire team – both of her lawyers, and her manager – were on-board for the attempted intervention last Friday. The intervention failed when Chunn blocked Lohan from seeing his daughter, at her request.
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“It’s the only way,” Michael Lohan told Newsday of the proposed legal maneuver, in which a court-appointed conservator controls the finances and oversees other aspects of someone’s life for that person’s protection. Singer Britney Spears‘ father, Jamie, famously sought and won a conservatorship for his then-troubled daughter.
“I would not be the conservator,” Michael Lohan said. “I don’t want even the appearance of a conflict of interest, and [Lindsay's mother] Dina definitely should not be the conservator. But I will work with the conservator to make sure she [Lindsay] gets into rehab. I’m not going to back away,” he said.
The conservatorship proposal follows a failed attempt at an intervention Friday at Lindsay Lohan’s Los Angeles home. Michael Lohan showed TMZ.com emails between himself and his daughter’s manager, Evan Hainey, and her attorneys, Dave Feldman and Shawn Holley, discussing intervention. One Holley email states, “Let’s do it.”
Lindsay Lohan’s representative, Steve Honig, Monday denied that the actress’ professional team approved the intervention attempt, telling Newsday in a statement, “It’s apparent Michael continues to be very focused on getting publicity for himself. Lindsay’s team is in no way aligned with him or his actions.”
TMZ said Monday that Lindsay Lohan would be seeking an order of protection against her father. A representative for Dina Lohan declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Manhattan prosecutors Monday declined to pursue an alleged hit-and-run involving Lindsay Lohan last month, saying surveillance video did not provide sufficient evidence.