LOS ANGELES — Michael Lohan tells Access Hollywood in a new interview that his objective is to get his daughter Lindsay into rehab. That’s why he recorded their phone conversations and that’s why he played Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush the tapes.
Michael claims at least one of the tapes he played Bush is from “when she got robbed.”
Lindsay called her father, crying hysterically after her Hollywood Hills home was burglarized in August 2009.
“Lindsay’s distraught, she’s an absolute mess, she’s hysterical. I mean, it’s just — this is a kid in real danger,” Bush said after hearing one message. “Michael… How concerned are you?”
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“I’m here,” Michael said. “I’ve been doing what I’m doing against everyone’s will and getting slammed for it, but you hear what’s going on yourself. You can see why I’m so concerned. I’m literally shaking right now and can’t do it anymore. I can’t.”
The story behind the tapes, which Access Hollywood did not play on air on Wednesday, is riveting itself.
The burglary phone conversation is just one of many as Lindsay’s father continues his fight to get her in rehab, insisting she’s hooked on prescription drugs. Some are so emotional and so powerful that Michael couldn’t listen to them again and had to leave the room during the interview with Bush.
“Why is it that people are going to have a hard time or having a hard time with you delivering this message and the way you are at it?” Bush asked.
Slideshow: Celebrity scandals of 2009 “Well, let’s put it this way: First, I tried to do it the right way… Privately, I tried to deal with Lindsay, I tried to deal with Dina. I came out here [to Los Angeles] when she got robbed and I’m sure you’ll hear part of that. And when I saw her myself, when I saw what was happening, I realized what was going on. I realized how bad it was.”
Michael says his goal is to get Lindsay back into rehab. Two years ago, she sought treatment at the Cirque Lodge in Utah.
Michael played Bush the tape of their phone conversation while Lindsay was allegedly at Cirque Lodge, to drive home his point.
A sobbing Lindsay sounded as if she had enough and wanted to leave when she called her father from rehab in 2007 at the Cirque Lodge in Utah.
“It sounds [as if] I’m listening to her trying to get out of rehab, you know, trying to get out from these… She hadn’t hit rock bottom yet, so she’s trying to get out of these constraints,” Bush said.
“Yeah, of course,” Michael said. “She doesn’t want to conform.”
Prescription drug problem
Lindsay was ordered to attend 30 days in a residential rehab clinic and 18 months in an alcohol education program after two DUI convictions in 2007.
Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Michael claims it was at Cirque Lodge that Lindsay’s addiction to prescription drugs began.
“They started her on them at Cirque?” Bush asked.
“Yeah. When they went to Cirque, they… You should have [seen], every time I took her out they gave her a bag of prescription medication that she had to take,” Michael claimed.
Lindsay remained at Cirque for 63 days.
The Cirque Lodge tells Access they are a “substance abuse treatment facility and we treat people for narcotic abuse. We don’t put people on narcotics.”
Michael claims his current efforts to get Lindsay back into rehab have failed and he’s considering trying to take control of Lindsay’s life through a legal conservatorship, similar to what Jamie Spears did for his daughter Britney.
“Britney Spears’ family had to come together. Mom and dad are separate [but] they had to come together, they had to commit her into a psych ward, they had to take her away from her children, but the difference is… her father laid very low during this process. He went in himself and quiet… and laid low,” Bush said.
“You’re missing the point, Bill,” Michael said. “With all due respect, I’ve been trying to do that. I’ve been trying to get Dina to do that.”
Lindsay’s attorney tells Access that Lindsay considers what Michael is saying to be defamatory. Her attorney also says Lindsay is in the court ordered alcohol program and doing well.
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