May 09, 2007 01:00 PM

Georgia Rule producer James G. Robinson – who wrote a critical letter chastising Lindsay Lohan for her “irresponsible and unprofessional” behavior during the filming of the movie last year – is now coming to the star’s defense.

“She doesn’t have any family in L.A.,” he told PEOPLE at the New York premiere of the movie Tuesday. “She’s on her own and is one of the most famous women in the world. That’s a lot … She’s a nice, decent person. She just likes to stay out too late at night.”

Robinson also addresses the recent report from Britain’s News of the World alleging that Lohan was caught on video doing cocaine. “I don’t think that’s her,” he says. “She’s a good person.”

As for the famous letter he wrote to Lohan, he says: “I wrote that letter six times … and it worked out great.”

But Georgia Rule director Garry Marshall says that he requested the letter be written after Lohan missed a day of shooting on set. “Once somebody walks on my set, it’s my problem, but we can’t go chasing them,” he told PEOPLE at the film’s premiere. “Tough love is a part of this business. She missed a day on the second week of shooting.”

More sympathetic was Jane Fonda, who plays Lohan’s grandmother in the film. “I wanted to wrap my arms around her and take her away for 20 years,” said Fonda, who lamented the media attention Lohan gets. “When I was growing up, we were never scrutinized. She takes it very hard. … It’s a terrible feeling to have paparazzi [around] all the time.”

Lohan, 20, who has often said that being followed by photographers is difficult, recently told Nylon magazine” that “being an actress is lonely.” As for the letter from Robinson, Lohan said on the red carpet Tuesday: “It’s really nonsense.”

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