The actress is angered by her father's "false allegations" to the press about her health

By Tom Cunneff
November 10, 2004 04:00 PM

When Lindsay Lohan saw her dad, Michael, quoted in a magazine story about her recent hospital stay, saying, “I’ve heard the rumors, and I won’t condone drinking and drugs,” the teen queen reached her boiling point, PEOPLE reports.

“She’s sick and tired of hearing her father 24-7 on Howard Stern and Celebrity Justice and Extra,” says a family friend.

So Lohan unleashed a minimedia attack of her own on Nov. 8, telling Access Hollywood, “I have tried to keep quiet long enough. Unfortunately, my father has continued to move forward with his actions as a cry for attention. He has started false allegations regarding myself and the cause of my illness. I feel this is hurtful, and it angers me to see that my own father would stoop to such a level.”

Lindsay, 18, has not seen her dad since August, when she was dining at the L.A. hot spot Koi with a friend. Michael showed up unexpectedly. The Mean Girls star politely said hello “but then asked him to leave,” says the family insider, who adds that Michael later told gossip columnists that the chance meeting was a happy reunion. Last month Lindsay did not allow Michael to visit while she was hospitalized for fever and exhaustion.

Michael, a New York investment banker, maintains he was misquoted and attributes the rift to bad people surrounding his daughter. “Lindsay is a money machine,” he adds. “They’re all feeding off her.” He says that Lindsay is treating her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, as “a father figure”: “How can she look to a 24-year-old guy with no life experience?”

Michael has had a rocky year, including a separation from Dina, 42, his wife of 19 years, and a guilty plea for attacking a sanitation worker (he has agreed to take an anger-management class). For now, Lindsay is keeping her distance. “It’s hurting her,” says a friend, “but she has her mom, her boyfriend and her close friends.”

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