Dina Lohan had a little talk with Barbara Walters ahead of yesterday’s View. It’s clear that she wanted to make it known that she has three other kids that are doing great and that they’re all going to visit Lindsay in rehab next week. Does this mean she’s kind-of admitting that Lindsay isn’t doing that well now that she’s in rehab awaiting additional jail time? That’s doubtful given all the delusional ways she’s tried to spin Lindsay’s last sentence, but at least she realizes that it’s a PR issue she needs to stay on top of. Ali, 16, is modeling now and Dina would love to get her into “the business.” Dina needs to make herself seem like a competent parent despite all the evidence to the contrary. Here’s what Barbara said on behalf of Dina:
There are three other children. The son just graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca. The son Michael is 22, daughter Ali, 16, and another boy of 14, all very responsible, terrific children. They are all going to visit Lindsay at Betty Ford where she is now. There is going to be a family week… she is supposed to be there for 30 days according to her mother, I just talked to her, she is doing very well. She has 24 days left and on October 22 the judge will rule on the misdemeanor violation and decide whether Lindsay goes back to rehab or goes to jail but in the meantime she’s trying very hard to work through her problems.
[The View via Radar Online]
I wonder what kind of deal Dina will work out with the paparazzi to capture these happy family reunion moments. Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun Times has some insider information on Lindsay’s rehab stay. He reports that she’s “stand-offish with other patients and staff” but is cooperative overall. She’s also said to have “offered to kick in funds to help the clinic pay for the additional security staff they need ‘to cope with all the paparazzi.” You know she’s doing this so that she can control who gets photos of her in rehab and subsequently demand a higher asking price. Zwecker reports that Lindsay has “ditched her cell phones and erased the contact information” for her “old heavy-partying crowd.” She’s hoping to show the judge that she’s changed and get off without additional jail time, but legal experts think that she’ll be sentenced to 30 more days on October 22. There are only so many ways the Lohans can spin this, and it’s obvious that rehab is a last ditch effort for Lindsay to avoid jail. I’ll be surprised if she stays on the straight and narrow for even a few more months.