Saturday, August 11, 2007
New York (ANI): Lindsay Lohan's former bodyguard has revealed that her parents have to be blamed for the starlet's bad behaviour, for both Michael and Dina Lohan 'were wild, abusive, neglectful partiers'. Tony Almeida, who worked with the Mean Girls star between 2002-2005, has opened the lid on how she had to deal with her parent's alcohol and drug related abuses from a young age.
"From a young age, she dealt with her father's physical, emotional and drug abuses as well as her mother's drinking," the New York Post quoted him, as saying. Citing one incident, he said that once a furious Michael Lohan had 'slammed on the brakes and dragged her out of the car, pushed her up against the hood, screamed at her and called her a slut on the Long Island Expressway.' Almeida 'got in the middle of it and pulled him off.'
"(Meanwhile, Dina often) let her do whatever she wanted, just to keep her happy and working . . . [At her 16th birthday party] Lindsay drank whatever she wanted - I saw her drinking beer and mixed drinks with my own eyes [without Dina's intervention]," he added. The ex-bodyguard also said that Dina looked at the starlet as a cash cow and only allowed her to have 10 per cent of her earnings.
"Lindsay was the family cash cow - and she resented it. They counted on her to pay their bills . . . I saw Lindsay exhausted, begging her mother for some time off," he said. When Lohan was 15, they allowed her to share a room with then boyfriend Aaron Carter, for they were glad that she found someone who could help her in her singing career.
"They knew Lindsay was sleeping in Aaron's room. But they seemed happy she had chosen somebody who could benefit her singing career," he added.
Lindsay Lohan's dad has hit out against the actress' ex -bodyguard who claimed that her parents' negligent and wild ways have contributed to the young star's current health and legal problems.
In an interview to In Touch, Tony Almeida said both Michael and Dina Lohan were 'wild, abusive, neglectful partiers'. Michael slammed Almeida's statements and said that the latter is a 'desperate and disgruntled employee who will do anything for money'. He added that the bodyguard himself has been neglecting his own family and is a drug addict.
"It is sad to say but Tony Almeida is a desperate and disgruntled employee who is destitute and will do anything for money. In doing this he has violated a confidentiality agreement which proves is lack of integrity," OK! Magazine quoted him, as saying.
"Furthermore he is a man who is passing the buck because it is he who has neglected his disable son and entire family in Brazil for 20 years. How can he castigate myself and the members of my family about illegal drug use when he uses steroids that fuel his own rage (perhaps even worse than the rage he attributes to me)? Yet again, this is an instance of someone living off Lindsay and our family for their own personal gain,' he added.
Insisting that the dejected bodyguard has got very 'creative', Michael also denied other claims made by Almeida including, that he had beaten up the 'Mean Girls' star, and that the starlet has been cash cow for her parents. He also refuted Almeida's claims that they allowed the 21-year-old to share a room with her then beau Aaron Carter, for he could help her music career.
"To address his 'stalking' claim, I never entered Lindsay's property in LA. Tony knows that, but now that he is dejected and in dire straits he has gotten very 'creative.' Lindsay had a secure trust fund up until the age of 18, again a time I was separated from my family, so how could we have lived off Lindsay? Up until that time I supported my family in every conceivable capacity. Records will prove, I never took one red cent from Lindsay directly or indirectly, nor did I ever touch Lindsay or any of my children," he said.
"As I have admitted I slapped Dina once in 1989 and I have truly regretted it ever since. Tony never saw me doing cocaine because I was not doing it at that time. I have a video of Lindsay's entire sweet 16 which shows that she only drank juices and soft drinks. During the time Lindsay was with Aaron, Dina and I were always around; we even had a federal agent, who is a friend of mine, as security for Lindsay and Aaron. Not once was it ever reported to us that any drinking, drugs or promiscuity ever took place.
"Tony is a desperate man who is struggling to make ends meet any way he can. Lindsay was never afraid of me. If anything she turned to me when she had problems. Tony only had known me for 2 years, much of which I was not around him or Lindsay, so how can he judge me or my relationship with my children." .