[artist id="1737245"]Lindsay Lohan[/artist] was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in rehab for violating probation on Tuesday (July 6), and one person offering the actress his unconditional support is Matthew Wilder, who will direct Lohan in "Inferno," a biopic about '70s porn star Linda Lovelace.
"This is a sad chapter in the ongoing tragicomic circus between the tabloid media and the 'justice' system," Wilder wrote in a statement to MTV News. "An outrageously outsized sentence garners attention for all the players involved, but brings only sadness to the poor soul who has to serve it. I am 100% behind Lindsay and can say the same for everyone involved in the production of 'Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story.' Indeed, we are proud to have this remarkable artist work on our film. And as for the haters relishing this moment, I can only quote Jesus in 'The Last Temptation of Christ': 'And those who are laughing now...will be crying after.' "
Regarding how Lohan's sentence will affect the "Inferno" production schedule, Wilder wrote that they will shoot when "this chapter is finished, and we'll all happily put it in our rear-view mirror."
Wilder has been steadfast with his support for his star. "I love her so much," he told MTV News in May. "I think she is so fantastic. I am amazed every day. I'll read some blurb in some gossip thing, and I will read the user comments that are so hateful. ... It's so weird. I think people have a really twisted, wrong impression of who she is, what she's all about, and the bottom line is that she is a brilliant actor. We've worked on this movie, rehearsed it, read it, and she is great. I think she is as good as anyone in her age group. I hope this will turn the story for her a little bit and remind people that this is someone who is serious about acting and who is really different from the cartoon portrayed in the tabloid press."