Lindsay Lohan is “seriously considering” allowing PETA to pay her bills


Last week, PETA sent an open letter to Lindsay Lohan offering to pay the more than $50,000 bill for Lindsay’s Betty Ford Clinic rehab (her fifth rehab stay, I believe). But, like everything in life, the offer comes with a “catch”. For PETA to pay Lindsay’s bill, they are asking that Lindsay become a vegetarian (or a vegan). Part of the open letter states: “PETA will help pay your $50,000 bill for substance addiction treatment if you’ll rid yourself of one more toxic substance: meat. As you know, a crucial part of any recovery is showing charity to others. One way to do this is to be kind to animals, the Earth, and your own body. You’ll never regret it.” I would have thought that Lindsay would prefer to sell her own stolen jewelry rather than take orders from PETA, but sources tell Radar that she’s considering the offer seriously:

Lindsay Lohan’s financial woes are no secret, and PETA offered to pay $50,000 for LiLo’s stint in rehab – if she gives up meat, has exclusively learned.

A source close to the Mean Girls star, 24, tells us: “Lindsay is seriously considering the offer from PETA. There is thoughtful consideration about PETA’s very generous offer. Lindsay loves animals, and looks at it as a ‘win-win’ since being a vegetarian is a healthier lifestyle that she is striving for.”

As has previously reported, Lindsay’s stint in rehab at the Betty Ford Center is going to cost upwards of $150,000. Lindsay has absolutely no source of income at the present moment.

“Lindsay is making arrangements to make payments to the Betty Ford Center to pay for her bill. Betty Ford does work with patients who have financial problems and are unable to pay the bill in full. This is a very common practice of Betty Ford. Lindsay realizes that Betty Ford is giving her an opportunity and essentially taking a chance on her, given her past track record,” the source says.

Lindsay would “love it if PETA would offer to pay her entire rehab bill. However, she isn’t expecting that to happen, and is just grateful for the offer PETA has made. Lindsay seems to have really grown up a lot since her last appearance in court last Friday. Lindsay isn’t expecting, nor does she want a free ride, which is a very good sign for her recovery. Lindsay is taking responsibility and seems to be working the 12 steps of AA,” the source added.

Lindsay must stay at Betty Ford until January 3, 2011.

[From Radar]

Always on the hustle. I read the open letter carefully, and it is clear that PETA is looking for a hard confirmation that Lindsay quit meat. There is no “trying” or “considering” the vegan lifestyle, there is only doing it for cash. Personally, I wouldn’t be able to give up chicken for $50,000, but chicken is my LEGAL addiction. Maybe Lindsay’s love affair with drugs isn’t the same as her affection for meat.


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  1. Jazz says:

    Shouldn’t PETA be putting that money towards saving the animals? Not saving the crackheads. And those lips look painful.

  2. ElizabethM says:

    Didn’t Lindsay once steal a FUR coat? Does PETAgggggh really think Lindsay has any interest in saving animals from becoming food and/or clothing???

  3. mimi says:

    LOL@ “she seems to have grown up a lot since last Friday”…PALEASE

    and shame on PETA for wasting their money on this worthless thing. I’d never donate to them again if this is what they’re using their funding for. 50K can help a lot of animals in real need.

  4. devilgirl says:

    You know, why doesn’t PETA donate that kind of money to a children’s cancer ward, Haiti relief, the continued rebuilding of New Orleans. Why in the f*ck, would you give some stupid crack head celebrity the money for her care? Give it to the crack heads who have no chance of getting treatment, anything, other than Lohan!

    I assure you, her being the face of PETA, would make me listen to their message less than I already do.

  5. MeMyself says:

    Gee…and to think I almost considered sending PETA a check…

    Not ever, now!

  6. vbn says:

    Is she only 24? WOW. She looks so old.

  7. Marjalane says:

    This is all bullshit on PETA’s part- How on earth do they expect to “enforce” this? Are they going to inject her with drugs and stick her back in Betty Ford if they catch her at McDonalds? And yeah, I’m with Jazz, if I gave money to a group to help animals, I’d be damn irritated if it went to a gimmick with Lindsey Lohan. PETA is such a screwy organization.

  8. anti says:

    #1: i agree. i’m vegan and this sort of thing is exactly why i donate to animal shelters and anti-vivisection organizations instead of PETA.

    $50,000 could go a long way in actually helping animals.

    unless PETA paid a guardian to verify her eating behavior, there is no way they could hold her to the agreement.

  9. Ruby Red Lips2 says:

    “she seems to have grown up a lot since last Friday”

    and also since last Friday all wars in the world have ended and there is now a hotel on the moon!

    FGS! What a stupid comment to make, as if anyone can change in a week! So absurd

  10. Sarah says:

    Crack isn’t made from meat so she should do just fine.

  11. fancyamazon says:

    @mimi why would you donate to them in the first place? Their tactics are horrible, they ultimately believe that we shouldn’t have pets AT ALL, and they are blatantly hypocritical in that they use celebrities who everyone knows wear fur or eat meat to flaunt their agenda.

    the above is a link to quotes by Ingrid Newkirk, where she talks about how if people want “toys” they should use inanimate objects, and another quote where she likens pet ownership to slavery.

    These people should not be given money, period.

  12. jen says:

    She’s lucky an 8-ball is vegan!

  13. Samigirl says:

    @Sarah LMBO. Hysterical. I <3 steak. I seriously doubt I could give up steak for 50000. Maybe for a week. But that’s all I got:)

  14. Leila says:

    Disgusting. Peta is in my opinion a fanatic organization and to take them up on their offer is worse than prison.

  15. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    PETA makes me uneasy. This is just another example of their crazy, attention seeking antics. I understand being passionate about a cause but the lengths they will go to and the things they will say scare me. As others have said that money could be put to other uses, let LL figure out her own problems, she needs to at this point.

  16. tuscan sun says:

    Lindsay has never had the will power to give up anything. PETA is wasting this money. I highly doubt that those who donate to PETA thought their money was going to Lindsay-I-can’t-quit-anything-Lohan.

  17. mln says:

    PETA gives vegans and vegeatarians a bad name.

  18. Raynor says:

    You guys… PETA is helping an animal!

    Too harsh? Meh.

  19. NayNay says:

    PETA should put a clause in their contract with Lindsay, that if she doesn’t live up to her end of the bargain, that she will have to pay them back every cent of their money. PETA is going to get burned on this one, big time! Cannot say they haven’t been warned.

  20. Innocent says:

    That was in 09 Lindsay doesn’t wear fur any more.

    I guess if she has a legit offer and this is her 2nd court ordered rehab this year she should consider funding offers.

    The whole ongoing probation/legal situation is a mess.Forcing her to stay in her 5th rehab when she can’t pay and doesn’t want to be there.
    Then if she violates before Feb 25th she gets 180 days with supposedly no early release in an overcrowded jail where it costs them a fortune to keep her nevermind all the special visiting and security arrangements that would have to be made.

  21. No Sensei says:

    doesn’t Loho STEAL fur?

  22. Just a Poster says:

    Talk about a true yin/yang ball.

    We have Emma Watson right next to Lohan. Could a more perfect example of both ends of the spectrum ever be used?

  23. Just a Poster says:

    crap! they moved her down. but you get my drift 😉

  24. Babette777 says:

    That LL is even considering this offer clues me in that she’s no closer to “getting well” at all. If *she* isn’t the one paying for the rehab it means less. For example, I worked my way through college, and made sure to get the grades; I knew plenty of kids whose parents paid for everything, and they either flunked out, dropped out, or got crappy grades.

    If this stint was something that LL was adamant about funding, and if she refused to let anyone else pay for it, I’d think she’s starting to understand the whole “responsibility” concept. Unfortunately, I doubt she ever will.

  25. Raynor says:

    @Babette777 Good point about the significance of paying her own way.

  26. Innocent says:

    How can she pay if she can’t work?
    This is court ordered so it isn’t like she can leave and do photoshoots or anything.

    The only way i can see her making money while being there is if she stages some candids.

  27. Green Is Good says:

    24 years old? What, in Dog years?

  28. hellen says:

    PETA has pissed me off so thoroughly that I refuse to give them anything anymore. Wonder how much of the money they raise actually goes toward helping animals, and not just pimping their own visibility.

  29. grace says:

    I have always defended Peta here, especially because some people make some nasty, unnecessary and ignorant/intolerant comments about how they would like to kill a poor animal because of Peta’s strategies.
    But this is outrageous! Why the hell is Peta thinking to waste such money on this insolent creature? I never donated money to Peta especially because I know they will waste my money with something I am completely against, so I’d rather donate to SPCA or Wildlife Defenders -which have more credibility to me. Anyways, I always send emails or sign petitions for causes Peta promotes, and for that, I respect their intentions.
    But it makes me mad to know that they are using the money people donate thinking about helpless animals to waste on an undeserved animal that had all the oportunities in life but chose to blow everything away. I can’t defend Peta on this one!

  30. aenflex says:

    PETA should use the money for animals

  31. Babette777 says:

    @Innocent: The article states that Betty Ford is willing to work with LL to set up a payment plan. They apparently do this with many other patients who don’t have cash to pay for the treatment in one payment. I excerpted it below:

    “Lindsay is making arrangements to make payments to the Betty Ford Center to pay for her bill. Betty Ford does work with patients who have financial problems and are unable to pay the bill in full. This is a very common practice of Betty Ford. Lindsay realizes that Betty Ford is giving her an opportunity and essentially taking a chance on her, given her past track record,” the source says.”

    If LL doesn’t pay for this herself, it’ll never mean a thing to her – it’ll be just one more “freebie” that she has come to expect and rely on.

  32. bluhare says:

    PETA believes any publicity is better than no publicity, and it works. Paying Lindsay Lohan’s bills for her to become vegetarian? Don’t think it’s something I’d do, but it’s sure one way to get your name out there and in the tabloids a lot.

    PETA doesn’t run shelters; it’s outreach, and it works.

    That being said, I think $50K could be better spent. Of course, then all the paps would be tailing her on her midnight McDonald runs.

  33. lucy2 says:

    Seriously? I hope a lot of people who thought they were doing a good thing by donating to PETA realize that this is the sort of nonsense they do and stop giving them money to do it. Donate to shelters and other worthy animal charities instead.

    I agree she needs to pay her own way regardless. She’s got a house CRAMMED full of designer stuff – start selling it if she can’t afford her rehab, that might teach her something about actions and consequences. She put herself in this position, I’m not buying any excuses.

  34. Innocent says:

    Oh i see your point but the plan was always for her to only stay 30 days or maybe another 30 days instead of jail not until the new year.
    I don’t really think it means much to her this is her 5th rehab and she is only staying there to avoid jail.

  35. Tia C says:

    This is probably one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. I wouldn’t be surprised if Radar retracted this story. It sounds fake.

  36. susanne says:

    You know what?!!?

    This is what has finally made me hate PETA. Pure whorishness. Tacky in the past, but this is *beyond* beyond.

    At this point, when the general public thinks of PETA, they think of the crazy acts, not the cause. The cause has been lost.

    I don’t eat meat because I don’t like it, but i believe in sustainable culture, and that can include some animal products, in my opinion. I also believe in behaving ethically in general, a huge point that PITA is missing.

    rant Ovah.

  37. Praise St. Angie! says:

    doesn’t wear fur anymore? (maybe only because she can’t get away with stealing it…I kid, I kid.)

    in march of 2010…

    and that’s just on this site.

    but forget about fur…the girl loves her leather/suede…how’s she going to give up ALL things animal?

    “Lindsay has absolutely no source of income at the present moment.”

    what about all the $$$ she’s making from her leggings and clothing line? according to her famewhore mother, those rake in all sorts of money.

  38. MissyA says:

    Does she have to give up all her fur coats, as well? I mean technically she never bought them. . .

    * * *

    I’ve never identified with PETA, (I feel their message gets lost amongst their bullying) but I’m beyond done with them now.

    Stunts and gimmicks are one thing, but associating themselves with wastes of oxygen like OctoMom and LiLo? Tacky. Tacky and gross. Use that money to fund a no-kill animal shelter, or to fund a veggie-rich school lunch program – not to perpetuate famewhoreitis.

    And I’ve been a vegetarian for 11 years now. I’m trying to support myself and my boyfriend through school so we can become educators and better the lives of children. Where’s my fucking check?!!?


  39. bellaluna says:

    This is why I donate my hard-earned money to the Humane Society and the ASPCA. I cannot stand PETA’s “tactics” and all of their BS.

    @ MissyA – Excellent points!

  40. jc126 says:

    She’ll do it, then make a point of being photographed eating a hamburger a day after she gets out.

  41. Jeri says:

    Maybe I read it wrong but I thought PETA offered $10,000. now and $10,000. at the end of a year if she stayed vegan the entire year. Isn’t that what they said? That’s a long way from $50,000. and with the kind of money Lindsay is used to that doesn’t sound like all that much for a year. Again, maybe I read it wrong.

  42. Innocent says:

    @Praise St. Angie

    She said she stopped wearing fur and that all her furs are now fake.

    Isn’t leather only for the really really commited vegans ?

    She has bigger things to worry about like actually finishing rehab and lasting until Jan 3rd.

  43. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Grown up a lot since Friday? Sounds just like Kenny Powers’ ‘I used to be just like you, yesterday.’

    Of course they put so many animals down, no self-respecting dog, llama wants to be affiliated with that overbearing set of self-infatuated tits.

    One day, the children of the world will ask where lies my sprawling compound with walk-in jacuzzi and sauna with central air and Cristal ice chips. All I’ll be able to say is, ‘I didn’t commit the crimes, I just couldn’t commit to commit’. And they’ll cry, because I’ll be a failure for that.

    I guess money does grow on trees, for some.

  44. AJ says:

    I hope she takes the offer and that she consumes a lot of soy milk to keep her bosoms nice and plump.

  45. Trashaddict says:

    How interesting. For the rest of the population, including many addicts who are committed to and might actually benefit from treatment, Betty Ford would probably not take them in the first place if they couldn’t pay. Sigh.

  46. Anon says:

    Good PR move PETA!!…offering to help the least deserving creature on the planet…making her think she’s entitled to have anyone but her, pay her bills.

    How many animals will have to die because of that?

  47. xxodettexx says:

    oh man, i am late to the party! but i had to thank all of you for the hilarious comments

  48. LHova says:

    I agree, it does seem like a really big waste of money, going to Lindsay and all, but I can kinda see why they did this…

    1) PETA wants to change the way that people eat/live. They want to influence people however their approaches in the past tend to be super extreme, hence pushing people away.

    2) This is beyond me and I don’t see the logic, but Lindsay Lohan still somehow has a huge fan base. Girls are still looking up to her and seeing her as a role model. People are still influenced by what she says, what she wears, and where she goes and what she does. She still sells magazines. She in some whacky way is still influential on people.

    3) People LOVE a come back. Look at Britney- even I wasn’t a fan until after she went nutso and than got her shit together. After that I even bought cd’s that she recorded before the crazy. Britney after the crazy got more hype, more attention, and more fans. She still influences people by what she wears, what she eats, her music, etc… If Lindsay were to actually come around, clean herself up, make a serious come back AND also become a vegetarian or a vegan by the grace of PETA, interviewers would ask her about it and she would be obligated to answer. She would be like the new poster child for “Cleanse your mind, body, and soul- GO VEGAN” She would probably credit the diet change to her “post rehab slammin body!” and maybe even chalk it up like “even my diet change helps me during recovery- I’m so much more conscious of other things to be thinking about drugs, parties, etc…” (I know it’s farfetched, but go with me here…)

    4) PETA gains more notoriety because now someone as fucked up as Lindsay gets out, gets clean, is better than ever, making a Hollywood comeback, and is also a VEGAN. Take all the people who followed and loved her regardless of how big a fuck up she was before, + all the people who are crediting her for turning her life around and her constant praise to PETA for helping her financially as well as with her health and physical well being, and I bet you’ll at least see an increase in people at the very least trying to go vegetarian/vegan, or at least going to and signing up for the free vegetarian starter kit.

    5) PETA wins. Their cause has been helped, they have gotten more notoriety w.o them having to hawk their beliefs at people left and right. Look at Alicia Silverstone- she credits veganism to her health even w.o mentioning PETA but when you mention vegetarian/vegan, what do people tend to think of first? PETA. When you google going vegan, what website is popping up left and right? PETA. PETE has promoted themselves, used a celebrity to influence others, and in most cases has gained more people no matter how few or how many to join their compassionate eating lifestyle.

    $50,000 is a lot of money, but if they can spend it to get their message heard and point across to the same number of people who follow Lindsay for her shenanigans or just because they still love her and are inspired by her than PETA has already won. Enough said. I don’t totally agree w.their spending, but they seem to have the money and are hellbent on their cause. So I guess it wouldn’t be such a bad investment for them. It isn’t about Lindsay either way- it’s about the ethical treatment of animals, and they just need to get another celebrity onto their bandwagon to promote. Great promotional campaign in my opinion!!!