Just one day after the celebrated "hamburger summit" at which Michael and Dina Lohan shared a few laughs together, the divorced parents of Lindsay Lohan blamed each other for their daughter's self-destructive behavior on a TV talk show.
TMZ reported that sources who witnessed the taping of a new conflict resolution show called "The Test" said both Michael and Dina attacked each other on the air for lying about the past and messing up their mutual daughter.
Michael has been in California this week to visit Lindsay and attend family counseling at the Betty Ford Center where his troubled daughter is undergoing court ordered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. But after their latest kerfuffle, the New Yorker thinks Dina may try to keep him away from the therapy sessions.
When he saw Lindsay last weekend, the controversial dad was singing a happier tune. "She's doing phenomenal," he told TMZ afterward. Although he criticized Betty Ford for not giving Lindsay any one-on-one therapy, he was mostly optimistic about his daughter's future, claiming Lindsay has had "an epiphany" and that "God is behind" her recovery.
Through the years, Michael and Dina have pointed their fingers at each other for Lindsay's many legal troubles and meltdowns.
"Lindsay saw her dad abuse me -- that's why she's so screwed up," Dina told the New York Daily News in January. "Michael beat the hell out of me."
But others familiar with the family think they should both look in the mirror to find the culprit.
Paris Hilton, who used to party with LiLo and was also convicted of driving under the influence, recently hinted to David Letterman that it was easier for her to turn over a new leaf than her pal. When Dave broached the subject of Lindsay's return to rehab, she said, "I think it all comes down to your family. I'm very lucky to have such an amazing family . . . some people aren't that fortunate.''
For many years, Dina has been accused of exploiting Lindsay and her other three children to gain fame for herself. She put Lindsay to work at age three when the Ford agency signed her as its first child model with red hair and got her gigs on TV commercials for such companies as Pizza Hut, Wendy's and Jell-O.
In 2006, a source criticized the momager for shopping around an an E! reality TV show for her younger children. "Can you believe that? [Dina] totally messed up Lindsay. . . . And now she's going to do the same to the other two? Those kids should be in school having normal lives, the life that Lindsay didn't get to have." ("Living Lohan" lasted for only nine episodes.)
What is especially ironic is that one of Lindsay's acting career highlights was playing identical twins in "The Parent Trap" remake. The now 26-year-old reprised the Hayley Mills role of two pre-teens who trick their divorced parents into reuniting so they can be a happy family again.
As she sits and reflects in rehab, Lindsay Lohan may not even get her parents back together for one weekend.
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