Betty Ford Employee Issues Statement Defending Lohan: Will It Help Or Hurt?

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In a move that seems like it will almost certainly do more harm than good, former Betty Ford employee Dawn Holland issued a statement defending Lohan against accusations that Lindsay violated her parole during an altercation with Holland, even attempting to clarify that it was Lindsay who called 911 rather than the rehab technician herself. We don’t know if a vote of support from someone who violated patient confidentiality laws to gossip about Lindsay is necessarily something Lohan wants or needs. We guess it’s the thought that counts?

The statement, issued through Holland’s lawyer Keith Davidson, reads: “It is important to note that it was Ms. Lohan, and not Ms. Holland who called 911 on December 12th. Had Ms. Lohan not called 911 – this incident never would’ve been public knowledge, let alone criminally investigated. Ms Holland has long held that recovery is not always a pretty process and the workings of a recovery center have never been for the faint of heart. As a recovering addict herself, Ms. Holland is proud of Lindsay for making the always difficult voyage toward recovery. Had the interaction between these two ladies occurred in front of a police officer anywhere in this Country, no probation would’ve been violated, no arrests would’ve been made and certainly no criminal charges would have been filed. The recent reports of criminality and probation violations are much adieu about nothing.” What kind of police officers does Keith Davidson think are patrolling our streets? We’ve seen Cops; we imagine they would have pried the two shrieking women apart at least.

One claim that the statement doesn’t address is Holland’s assertion that Lindsay was visibly wasted during the altercation. In a statement today, Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley denied claims that Lohan drank or took drugs at all while in treatment. “I had numerous conversations with Betty Ford counselors and doctors over the course of Lindsay’s treatment there and it was never suggested by anyone that she ever drank or used drugs. Her discharge letter from the facility is totally consistent with that,” Chapman Holley claims. We honestly don’t know who to believe at this point: the lawyer being paid to defend Lindsay or the clinic employee who was paid to blab about her.
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