Even with a 90-day jail sentence and a 90-day bid in an inpatient rehab facility to follow, a lawyer who met with Lindsay Lohan over the weekend about possibly taking up her case said the actress still doesn't appear to fully understand how serious her situation is.
According to People magazine, Chicago attorney Stuart V. Goldberg met with Lohan, her mother Dina and younger sister Ali at Lohan's West Hollywood apartment this week after the "Mean Girls" star was dropped by her former attorney, and he came away concerned that his potential client is living in a fantasy world.
"My impression of Lindsay is that she's a fragile lost child — a sleeping beauty with her head in the sand. I found her not fully forewarned of the consequence of her actions," Goldberg reportedly told the magazine. "I'm concerned that she's not disciplined or tethered enough to the reality of adult consequences. ... She doesn't seem to have the awareness of what's going to befall her."
Criminal defense attorney Goldberg was contacted after Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, quit the case following the backlash against the 24-year-old actress' actions and alleged comments following her sentencing, which included revelations that she had the phrase "f--- u" stenciled on her middle fingernail during the court appearance.
After explaining to the Lohans that his requirement for taking on Lindsay's case was "100 percent loyalty and zero tolerance for dishonesty," Goldberg said "they didn't seem to understand the urgency and gravity of the situation." Additionally, TMZ reported that unnamed insiders said Goldberg may have split because Lohan's manager said they couldn't afford to pay him, while a source in the actress' camp said it was because of personality issues.
Much as she did during her probation hearing last week, Goldberg said Lohan took copious notes in a notebook during their six-hour meeting, while sister Ali asked "astute" questions, but in the end he declined to take on the case.
He said at one point he worried that Lohan might be in a "dangerous state" and asked the actress — who has struggled with addiction issues and spent time in several rehab facilities — if she had thought about hurting herself. "She started sobbing quietly. She was genuinely in pain," Goldberg said, adding that Lohan was "like Teflon" to his comment that she should get out of the toxic environment of Los Angeles. "It just slid right off her. She seemed to have some inner deep sadness that that was her fate."