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