Taping an interview with Maury Povich yesterday, October 15, to air on an upcoming episode of MAURY, Lindsay Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, spoke out about his daughter Lindsay, as well as the increasing trend, some say, among teens taking prescription drugs. When contacted by the MAURY production team, Lindsay Lohan’s manager had no comment.
A drug counselor and minister, Michael Lohan offered advice to teens and parents on the dangers of finding prescription drugs on the Internet. Michael Lohan said he wants the doctors who are responsible to be prosecuted for allowing this to happen.
Following is a transcript of the interview with Maury Povich and Michael Lohan:
Maury Povich: Are you surprised that we’re reading all the stories about Hollywood and the kids in Hollywood, the ones your daughter grew up with?
Michael Lohan: Absolutely not. I mean, I see it, I’ve experienced it. I mean, when I was growing up, we didn’t have this epidemic with prescription medication. There were other things around and we experimented but when it’s your child going through this and you see them in harm’s way and everyone around them pulling, I mean, by the wayside to death no less.
Maury Povich: I wanna tell you something Michael. I just saw one of these magazines recently and your daughter’s been in a lot of them. But you know what bothered me more than anything else? She looks terrible. She looks wasted.
Michael Lohan: You have no clue. You don’t have any clue. None. There’s nothing left in her. I was out in LA with her about 3 weeks ago when she got robbed. She called me up at 3:30 in the morning. She said ‘daddy, come out here.’ I flew out and got her out of the house. She was in an apartment, in a hotel actually, when I just, I couldn’t even look at her. I had to go outside and cry and when I hugged her, it’s just a hollow, hollow person.
Maury Povich: Physically and mentally.
Michael Lohan: Yeah, there’s nothing. I mean, and I hate to speak out publicly like this about Lindsay, but it’s for all the parents and all the teens out there. I’ve seen what it’s done. I’ve seen what it’s done to a talented, talented girl that can’t even make a movie anymore. I mean, she, look at The Parent Trap and Mean Girls and Freaky Friday. Look at her then and look at (her) now.
Maury Povich: Now, I mean, these prescription drugs, they can get them anywhere?
Michael Lohan: Virtually, I mean, these doctor feel-goods are all over the place for any kid that’s out there, for all of America and then you have the hangers on that supply them because they wanna be their friends and then again, you have, I mean, you have the internet, which is, I mean, no one’s getting prosecuted for this. These doctors need to be held accountable.
Maury Povich: Your ex-wife Dina has been very critical of you for speaking out about Lindsay and what she’s going through.
Michael Lohan: Well, you know, number one, I have nothing bad to say about Dina. Dina is the mother of my kids. She does things her way, I do things my way. I’m a drug counselor. I put 4 kids into rehabs this month. I’m a recovering alcoholic myself. I went to Bible College, I became a minister and I believe what I, I believe in helping people and helping people learn from my experience.
Maury Povich: Now, there’s another daughter here.
Michael Lohan: Yeah. Yup.
Maury Povich: Named Ali.
Michael Lohan: Yup.
Maury Povich: Is she walking in her sister’s footsteps?
Michael Lohan: You know, at the beginning, I believed that Ali was a saving grace in Lindsay’s life because Lindsay wouldn’t party around Ali. She wouldn’t do this, she wouldn’t do that, and they leaned on each other and Ali is a very mature young lady. However, when she’s in these clubs and she’s around this kind of an element, I begin to worry and wonder too.
Maury Povich: How old is she?
Michael Lohan: 15.
Maury Povich: And she’s in clubs?
Michael Lohan: Yeah, I mean, you see it for yourself. I’m not saying something. You tell me, you tell me.
Egypt (guest correspondent): They know she’s 15.
Michael Lohan: Ok. Well, tell me how. You don’t see her that often, but there’s times when she’s…but then again Maury, you have the Chateau Marmont, which has a huge lounge in it, it’s a restaurant, not necessarily a club, but there’s drinking around and you know, even in a hotel room.
Maury Povich: So you’re worried about your 15-year-old?
Michael Lohan: I’m worried about the girls. My boys are unbelievable. My son Michael is in Ithaca, straight A, Lacrosse scholarship. Cody is a jock and he has some growing to do, but still, I mean, he follows Michael’s footsteps and the girls are in the entertainment business and you have these people around you.
Maury Povich: The problem is all these outside forces in the entertainment business.
Michael Lohan: They want to be friends.
Egypt (guest correspondent): They’re enabling her.
Michael Lohan: Exactly. Even, and parents can’t enable. I am not, Lindsay may hate me now, but if I’m successful, she’s gonna love me in the end.
Maury Povich: How about, one more question on this. Was this relationship with this Hollywood DJ Samantha Ronson, was that detrimental to her?
Michael Lohan: Well, I have to say this. At the beginning, I was getting fed information that Samantha was a bad, you know, she was bad for Lindsay’s life and I believed some of the things that were said to me because they were coming from people in my family and close to me…I’m wrong. Samantha, I apologize 100%. You know, maybe by Lindsay going to the clubs with Samantha, she made more money and that’s the way I was looking at it. I was looking at it from the wrong perspective. Samantha was actually helping, she wanted Lindsay to get away from all the negative things that she was doing.
Maury Povich: If Lindsay is watching now, I know you don’t see each other a lot. You said 3 weeks ago was the last time you saw her.
Michael Lohan: Yeah. Yeah.
Maury Povich: I want you to look in that camera and tell your daughter what she should hear from her father.
Michael Lohan: Lindsay, I love you with all my heart and I don’t care if it’s the death of me. I’m not going to bury you, you’re gonna bury me before this is over. I’m gonna do anything and everything I have to to save your life, whether mom likes it, the public likes it, or anyone. I’m going to take all the steps I can to help you cuz I want you to have your life back. I’m not going to see you destroy yourself anymore. People grope at you when you’re not in the right state of mind. You’re my daughter honey, and I can’t do this. I can’t do it anymore. I’m just not gonna see you fall.
Maury Povich: For all the millions of kids and parents who somehow, now unfortunately, are being abused by the world of prescription drugs, what would you tell them?
Michael Lohan: Stay away. You have no idea how harmful they are. I mean, like I said, I’m a drug counselor and I see how hard, how hard it is for kids to detox from these prescription drugs. It’s harder and it’s more deadly sometimes than illegal drugs because they’re just as harmful. But these prescription drugs get into your bones and when you drink on ’em, even the psychotropic’s, you’re talking about oxycontin, vicodin, you’re talking about, you’re talking about opiates right now. I’m not talking about the opiates. I’m talking about the Adderol, I’m talking about the Xoloft, the psychotropics that kids are taking to lose weight.
Maury: Anti-depressant drugs. Yeah.
Michael: Yeah, but they use them for focus. Adderol is for focus and my son Michael, I talked to him about this and he said ‘Daddy, do you know 7 out of 10 kids in college are on that stuff?’
Egypt (guest correspondent): Yeah, it’s a reality. It’s a reality.
Michael: They stay up, they have to focus. Girls wanna lose weight on it. Believe me, you’re gonna kill yourself.
Egypt (guest correspondent):They give themselves a death sentence, Maury.
Maury: When I was growing up, it was like Dexatrin. We used to do these uppers, you know, to stay up all night to study because we never went to class. Stupid.
Michael: Exactly. But it’s true.
Egypt (guest correspondent): And here’s the thing. Even if you survive and you pull through it, you can mess up your body for life, permanently, and never ever function right for the rest of your life.
MAURY, now in its 12th season, is taped in front of a live studio audience in Stamford, CT, and is distributed in national syndication by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Paul Faulhaber is the Executive Producer.