Lindsay Lohan attending AA meetings: publicist

Updated: 2006-12-02 14:23

LOS ANGELES - Actress Lindsay Lohan, who has been a frequent target of the tabloids for her partying ways, has begun attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, her publicist said on Friday.

"It's positive and she hopes the press leaves her alone," publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnik said of the 20-year-old film star, whose penchant for parties and nightclubs have made her the focus of tabloid stories portraying the auburn-haired actress as out of control.

In July, a producer of the film "Georgia Rule" blamed Lohan's "hard partying" for a series of late arrivals and absences from the set that her spokeswoman said was due to illness.

Sloane-Zelnik on Thursday blasted Lohan's critics in the media, saying they had crossed a line by mocking a heartfelt letter the screen star wrote following director Robert Altman's death last week.

Sloane-Zelnik said the note, which one columnist suggested was composed by Lohan on "one of her legendary party benders" and contained misspellings and grammatical errors, was instead dashed off by the distraught young actress on a Blackberry, moments after she learned Altman had died.

Lohan burst onto Hollywood's radar at the tender age of 11 after she was cast in 1998's Disney movie "The Parent Trap." She went on to star in several Disney productions for cable TV, and has starred in movies "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls."

In a 2005 article in Vanity Fair, she admitted to having an eating disorder and bulimia, then later denied her statements.

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