Lindsay Lohan’s mom says the actress will be moving away from California and back to New York after she gets out of drug rehabilitation.
Dina Lohan, during an often tense interview with NBC “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer on Friday, said her daughter was doing “wonderfully” after 14 days in jail and lashed out at California Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, who put the actress there.
“She’s great,” Lohan said. “She’s been through a lot. The judge played hardball. Lindsay was in with alleged murderers and she’s become friends with a lot of them. Lindsay rolled with the punches and she’s doing wonderfully.”
Lindsay Lohan served 14 days of a 90-day jail sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. She was sent to a UCLA drug rehab facility for a court-mandated three-month treatment, and her mother said she’d be out soon.
Revel removed herself from Lohan’s case earlier this week after a prosecutor complained she improperly contacted experts or participants in the case.
Lauer prodded Lohan, noting that there were some observers who thought the 24-year-old actress had this coming to her because of bad behavior.
“I think that’s all propaganda and what people are reading,” she told him. “As you know, you’re in the business of entertainment, so I think a lot of it is pre-orchestrated and you’re reading things that are not based on fact.”
Lauer also asked her about a belief that her daughter was not well-served by those around her, including her parents.
“As a parent, you have to let her go a little bit,” she said. “When she went out to Los Angeles when she was 19, I had to let her go and let her live and fall and fail and survive. Without failure, there’s no success. 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.”
“They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do when they turn 18, 19,” Lohan said. “… And you kind of lose a little power and control, which you want to do for your child. You want to let them go. Without failure, there’s no success.”
Said Lauer: “You’re confident she’ll come through it?”
“She’s already through it,” Lohan said.
Michael Lohan said in an interview Friday on CBS’ “The Early Show” that his ex-wife should be out of their daughter’s career “and I shouldn’t be any part of her career. I never was. I never was a manager or anything.”
“I tried to do my best as a father. I made my mistakes. I wound up in jail. … Lindsay certainly paid a price for that,” he said. “… But it’s time to put everything aside. I thought Dina did that. But, obviously, you know, we have some work to do ourselves on this.”
Dina Lohan said she had put her daughter in drug rehab the first time, and argued with Lauer over how many times Lindsay had been in drug treatment.
She said her daughter’s life has been under a microscope because of tabloid interest.
“You can’t blame it all on the tabloids,” Lauer said. “She’s made some wrong decisions.”
Lohan said Lindsay will be coming to New York. California is “a wonderful state,” she said, but “it’s a different game you play there, the court system is a little different.”