"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."