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Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael, is siding with Mel Gibson in the actor's nasty split from ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
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While Lindsay Lohan spends what could be her last few days in rehab, her headline-loving father, Michael, has turned his attention to another embattled star — actor-director and alleged abuser Mel Gibson (on this page) .

“I will not judge (Mel),” the senior Lohan told PopEater. “Nor will I believe his girlfriend's apparently doctored tapes.”

It’s an interesting stance from Lohan, who has his own history of releasing secretly recorded and seemingly incriminating tapes of his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend and even his beleaguered daughter.

Still, for whatever reason, Lohan refuses to believe the leaked tapes made by Oksana Grigorieva accurately reflect Gibson’s private rants and rages. Not that it really matters to the newest member of Team Mel. After all, it’s not his place to condemn the man.

“All I know is Mel went on the line for Jesus Christ, built a church for God and has helped many,” Lohan explained. “It's so easy for others to point fingers and cast blame when money and pride are involved. I pray for him and God will be the judge.”

Slideshow: Evolution of Lindsay Lohan

Gloria Allred reacts to Tiger Woods’ divorce
Now that Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have officially divorced (on this page) and put nine messy months of marital woes behind them, high-profile attorney and outspoken Woods-critic Gloria Allred has one last piece of advice for the golf great.

“Tiger can begin again but he should never forget the human wreckage that he has left behind and the fact that he has still not been fully accountable for the suffering that he has inflicted on women,” Allred said in a statement delivered to TMZ.

Slideshow: Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren in happier days

Dish on the fly
During a visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” reality TV vet Sharon Osbourne, who’ll take on daytime television as part of the ensemble show “The Talk,” didn’t hold back when explaining how her upcoming effort compares to “The View.” “We’re very different women,” Osbourne said of herself and co-hosts Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Sarah Gilbert and Marissa Jaret Winokur. “We’ve got different opinions and we’re not miserable and dry … I think ours will be edgier and more real, and not so trying to be politically correct and like you’ve got a stick up you’re a--.” … It’s going to take more than diet and exercise to get Kendra Wilkinson’s pre-baby body back — at least that’s what the former “Girls Next Door” gal pal believes. Eight months after giving birth to her first child, Wilkinson has announced that she wants one more babe and then she’s ready for the old nip-tuck. “I didn’t get liposuction after Hank (Jr.), because I knew I wanted more babies,” she said in a quote published in Star magazine. “But I will 100 percent have lipo after my second baby, because until then, I know I will never be satisfied looking in the mirror.”

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Photos: Mel Gibson

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  1. Talk to the hand

    Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson in the much-delayed film "The Beaver." Gibson is Walter Black, formerlly a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track ... until a beaver hand puppet enters his life. (Summit Entertainment) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Ready to plead

    Gibson arrives at Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on March 11, 2011. Prosecutors charged Gibson with misdemeanor battery after a lengthy investigation into a fight with his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson pleaded no contest to resolve the case and faced no jail time. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Tough to hear

    At the height of her conflict with Gibson, Grigorieva released audio recordings through the website RadarOnline that captured Gibson raging against her. (Mikhail Metzel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Short-lived romance

    After nearly 30 years of marriage to wife Robyn, Gibson left her for Grigorieva, who has a son from an earlier relationship with actor Timothy Dalton. Gibson and Grigorieva had a daughter, Lucia, on Oct. 30, 2009, but split up in April of 2010. (Jacques Brinon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Will audiences come?

    Gibson, center, speaks on set during the filming of "Apocalypto" in 2006. This historical epic follows the decline of the Mayan civilization 600 years ago, just before Spanish invaders conquered Central America. The story revolves around one native who fights to save his culture from the outsiders. (Andrew Cooper / Icon Distribution via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. After the rant

    Gibson had his police mug shot taken July 28, 2006, in Los Angeles after he was arrested for drunk driving. He was pulled over for speeding and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent, according to authorities. More notoriously, Gibson let loose an anti-Semitic tirade, blaming the Jewish people for all "the wars in the world." (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'Apocalypto' now

    Gibson pulls on his beard during a news conference held in Veracruz, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Gibson announced the shooting of "Apocalypto," a film in which the dialogue is spoken in an obscure Mayan dialect. (David Hernandez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Gibson's 'Passion'

    Gibson directs Jim Caviezel as Jesus on the set of Gibson's movie "The Passion of The Christ." The film was based on the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ. The film grossed more than $370 million. Gibson was criticized by some for the film's perceived anti-Semitism. (Icon Prodictions via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Good soldier

    In "We Were Soldiers" (2002), Gibson played Lt. Colonel Hal Moore who, during the Vietnam War, had to lead his men into a small clearing where they were surrounded by 4,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of the most savage in U.S. history. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Man of the People

    Gibson accepts his trophies for favorite motion picture star in a drama and favorite motion picture actor during the People's Choice Awards in January, 2001. (Lucy Nicholson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Finding his inner female

    Gibson tried his hand at romantic comedy in "What Women Want" (2000). Nick (Gibson), a chauvinistic hot-shot advertising exec, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women think. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Seeking his son

    Gibson starred in 1996's "Ransom" as a multimillionaire whose young son (played by Brawley Nolte) is kidnapped for ransom. (Getty Images / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Oscar winner

    Mel Gibson holds Oscars for best director and best picture for "Braveheart," at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Gibson shared the best picture award with producers Alan Ladd and Bruce Davey. (Jeff Haynes / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Director and star

    In "Braveheart" (1995), Gibson played William Wallace, a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan), who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. (AFP -Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. No pretty-boy role

    In "The Man Without a Face" (1993), Gibson plays Justin McLeod, a former teacher whose face was disfigured in an automobile accident and fire who lives as a recluse. He is befriended by a young man named Chuck (Nick Stahl), which ignites suspicion and hostility from the townspeople. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Sci-fi drama

    In "Forever Young" (1992), a 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel McCormick (Gibson) wants to be frozen for a year so that he doesn't have to watch his love lying in a coma. The next thing Daniel knows he's awoken in 1992. The film also features a very young Elijah Wood, right. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Together for decades

    Gibson and wife Robyn attended the "Hamlet" premiere in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 1990. Gibson married Robyn Moore in 1980 and they divorced in 2009. They have seven children together. (Barry King / WireImage.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A mother's son

    In "Hamlet" (1990), Gibson took on Shakespeare's melancholy Danish prince. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, the film also starred Glenn Close as Hamlet's mother Gertrude. In real life, Close is only nine years older than Gibson. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Come fly with me

    Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. starred in 1990's "Air America," about two pilots during the Vietnam War who discover their planes are being used to smuggle heroin. () Back to slideshow navigation
  20. It takes a team

    "Lethal Weapon" (1987) is the first of a series of movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all starring Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of Los Angeles police officers. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. A tradition begins

    People's "Sexiest Man Alive" list began in 1985 with Mel Gibson. That year Gibson also starred in the final (at least for now, as there are talks of resurrecting the franchise) "Mad Max" film, "Beyond Thunderdome," opposite Tina Turner. (People) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Early troubles

    In 1984, Gibson starred as Fletcher Christian in "The Bounty," the story of Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins), whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. According to Wikipedia, Gibson and Hopkins did not get along during the shoot. At the time, Hopkins was a teetotaler, and Gibson was struggling with alcoholism. Gibson took to mixing two shots of Scotch with his beer. He dubbed the concoction "Liquid Violence." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Stunning early performance

    "Gallipoli" (1981) tells the story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in World War I. They each meet their fates against the Turkish army in the infamous battle. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. 'Mad' Mel

    In "Mad Max" (1979), an Australian dystopia of decaying order and violent highways, a police pursuit driver is drawn into a path of vengeance after a motorcycle gang targets him for the death of their former leader. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Auspicious beginnings

    Gibson made his feature-film debut in "Summer City" (1976), a low-budget Australian teen drama that chronicles the exploits of a quartet of boys who leave Sydney and head out for a weekend of surfing and adventure. Unfortunately the fun takes a serious turn when they find themselves involved in a murder. (Platinum Disc) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Nordegren gets big payout in Woods divorce

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    >> let's begin this half hour with tiger woods and elin nordegren , the couple officially divorced on monday, nine months after the golfer's infamous car crash that exposed a series of affairs. nbc's peter alexander now joins us with the latest on this story. peter, good morning.

    >> reporter: ann , good morning to you. i think it's safe to say this was a shock to nobody. pet tiger woods and his ex-wife in a court hearing that lasted no longer than ten minutes. reportedly not saying a word to each other. theirs seemed like a fairy tale marriage pupg waited on countless 18 greens. tiger and elin's romance was officially extinguished in a florida courthouse with elin reportedly accompanied by a handful of lawyers, one of them her identical twin sister, the former couple released a joint statement saying we are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future. in these newly filed divorce documents the marriage between tiger , whose legal name is eldrick woods , and elin, is described as irretrievably broken. the judge restored elin's maiden name , elin nordegren , and they agreed to share parenting of their two children, 3-year-old sam and 18-month-old charlie with both mom and dad also completing parenting classes. tiger spoke about his children last month.

    >> i have two beautiful kids and i try to be the best dad i can possibly be, and that's the most important thing of all.

    >> reporter: the terms of the divorce may never be known but some reports estimate elin's jaw dropping payout could be anywhere from $100 million to $500 million.

    >> it's a win-win for both of them. he gets what he wants, satisfactory custody arrangement with the children and most importantly confidentiality agreement . she became a wealthy wm.

    >> reporter: it's been nearly nine months since the golf icon's once carefully crafted image was shattered by that mysterious car crash outside his mansion. a flood of tabloid headlines and awkward admissions of numerous extramarital affairs .

    >> i am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior i engaged in.

    >> reporter: while tiger has returned to golf, elin, a former model from sweden , has been spotted throughout the orlando area running errands, dining out, and taking her children to preschool as well as reportedly enrolling in psychology classes at nearby rollins college .

    >> elin was the quiet wife, always on the sidelines. but in this divorce she was actually able to take the kids to sweden when she wants which tiger did not want.

    >> reporter: elin recently bought a sprawling estate near sto stockholm. they reached an agreement during the fourth of july weekend.

    >> misses the par putt there.

    >> reporter: the same time that a rattled tiger posted one of his worst finishies winding up tied for 46th place.

    >> tiger is not making a thing.

    >> tiger would be this impenetrable golfer, now there are cracks in the armor. he's not the same guy. i don't think he can put that back out there.

    >> reporter: these days tiger 's golf game is stranded in the rough. and you wouldn't know it by watching him lately but tiger is still ranked the number one golfer. he'll be back in new jersey. his first competing as a single man in six years. ann ?

    >> peter alexander , thanks. wendy murphy is an attorney specializes in women's rights and mike lineup upica is a sportswriter and author of the book "hero." just how badly is tiger woods playing?

    >> oh, compared to the way he finished last year, he didn't even win a major last year. he was still playing at an extreme ly high level . now he's playing like a skrup. and he's become a head case in a mental game. this divorce was hanging out over his head, finding out the custody agreement he was going to get, building this mansion in florida that he knows he's never going to live in and it's just infected every single part of his game.

    >> and now that this divorce is final, what are the chances that he could actually come back?

    >> oh, i think anybody who writes him off is doing so at their own peril. he's too talented and too good. the question is, the guy we've been watching hit it all over the lot, who can't make the putts he made for a year, can he put, and please pardon the expression, put humpty dumpty back together again? to me it's the single most compelling story right now in all of sports.

    >> moving on to the divorce, wendy , let me ask you this, what does shared custody mean in this kind of case given we understand elin can actually take the kids to sweden ?

    >> yeah. good question because really all it means, ann , is that as a matter of law, they both have the same rights to the children but clearly they have to have a primary residence and that's absolutely going to be with elin wherever she would have wanted to be. now the law typically says you cannot take the children really far away from their father. they should be close by so that he can have reasonable visitation. we now know she is planning to raise them some of the time in sweden . i guarantee you this, tiger , if he agreed to that, only did so for a price.

    >> and this is really going to be a very tough time for the children. but turning back to tiger , how much does his legacy matter to him? you've watched him all these years. how much time does he have to fix what's now been broken?

    >> most guys don't play great after the age of 40. it's a level that he played at. he has about five years. but is he obsessed with his legacy? roger clemens may be willing to go to jail rather than admit to steroids because it affects his hall of fame chances so, yes, he's obsessed with his legacy. he's obsessed with passing jack nicklaus. a guy who knows him pretty well said to me that he never would have said this last year, nobody would have, but that jack's record of 18 majors has never looked safer because you don't know whether that thing that he has on top of talent, that confidence that he has, can ever come back. you watch him now, ann , and you can't get your mind around what you thought of him before he started playing bumper cars last thanksgiving night.

    >> mike lupica , thank you. wendy murphy, thank you for your perspective this morning. and now

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