Nicole Richie’s dad Lionel says she should go to jail


The National Enquirer quotes a supposed insider who claims that Lionel Richie wants his tiny daughter Nicole to spend some time in jail with the hope that she’ll be scared straight. Nicole, who claimed her weight was 88 pounds, admitted to police officers that she was under the influence of pot and Vicodin at the time of her arrest for driving the wrong way on the freeway. She later had a friend tell news outlets that she was taking the prescription painkiller for period cramps.

“Lionel’s stood behind Nicole through three arrests, drug rehab and her drastic weight loss,” a family friend told The ENQUIRER.

“But enough is enough!”

Lionel held an intervention with his pot-smoking daughter last October, begging her to get treatment, said the friend.

“But all she agreed to was some outpatient medical tests. Lionel was incredibly disappointed.

“When he heard of her latest arrest, he sighed to a friend: ‘Let her go to jail. It might do her some good. Maybe it will frighten some sense into her.’”

This article makes it seem like the “intervention” Lionel held for Nicole was for drugs, but he admitted taking Nicole to a doctor to be evaluated for a possible eating disorder. The doctor said that Nicole was suffering from stress, which was making her thin.

If Nicole is convicted of DUI, she will be sentenced to a mandatory five days in jail under California law. She pled guilty to a previous DUI offense in 2002, and if she’s convicted of another one she’ll have to go away for at least five days. Commentor Phin notes that a coworker of his got six months in jail for his second DUI after a lackluster performance in court in front of tough judge. Maybe Nicole should plead guilty and serve her five days. It worked for Martha.

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  1. xiaoecho says:

    I’d be surprised if she even gets her period at her weight

  2. HEATHER says:

    maybe if he had had such tough love with her in the first place, she wouldn’t be in this situation now. jee, thanks dad.

  3. NYSailorScout says:

    I agree with HEATHER. It is terrible that a father would want her daughter to go to jail. It won’t help her at all. Until Nicole decides to help herself, having other people force jail or rehab on her won’t accomplish anything. And I am not having my tax dollars pay to take care of a stunningly rich heiress in the clink! :)

  4. Shannon says:

    I actually agree with her father.I guess he’s tried everything possible to help her so maybe he thinks this is his last resort.Maybe hoping your kid ends up in jail doesn’t sound very nice,however I feel he has her best interests at heart.Tough love is alot better than no love.

  5. lyric says:

    As a parent I’d hate for my kid to go to jail…but if I thought it would help I’d be for it. I’d rather my kid be where he couldn’t harm anyone else. She needs some new friends and a different lifestyle too.

  6. MC says:

    What is there to debate. If jail is the sentence then she should have to go. Please… it is probably only going to be for 5 days. For endangering other peoples lives driving while under the influence it should be longer. The crime is she won’t be behind bars long enough.

  7. HEATHER says:

    i think my point was somewhat missed here, i’m saying if he was such a great dad who wanted to raise such a wonderful kid he was so concerned about, he should’ve laid down ground work a looooong time before she took up heroine and meth and god knows what else. Not “Oh well she so thin now and driving under the influence, well let me throw some tough love her way, that’ll help”

  8. NYSailorScout says:

    Don’t worry, HEATHER. You win. :) Nobody else has been able to touch your initial argument.