Michael Lohan boomerangs back behind bars in Florida
Though he made bail Wednesday evening, Michael Lohan was back in jail before daylight Thursday after his on-and-off girlfriend Kate Major called police and alleged he was harassing her by phone.
Only hours before, a Florida judge had torn into Lohan while setting bail on the battery charge, asking his attorney about a temporary restraining order that was in place when the 51-year-old was arrested in Tampa on suspicion of battery.
"Does he know how to read? Well, he'd better understand," a stern Judge Walter Heinrich said, aiming his next remarks directly to Lohan: "If you even dream about her, and you violate my order, you will go to jail."
Bail was set at $5,000, and Lohan was out shortly after 6 p.m., telling reporters he'd never laid a hand on Major. At 1 a.m., police received a call from Major saying he'd harassed her over the phone. When they came by to talk to her, police said, Lohan called, and she put him on speaker so the cops could hear for themselves.
Police said they then headed to the hotel where Lohan was staying, only to find that he'd attempted to jump from his third-floor balcony to a tree. He wound up in custody and in the hospital, just like the night before, only this time the complaint was a possibly broken foot, rather than chest pains.
With that sort of behind-bars boomerang time, the guy might be competition for rapper T.I. Also, much like daughter Lindsay getting served with papers notifying her of a civil suit while she attended her court hearing on Oct. 19, Michael Lohan was served with papers during his trip to court Wednesday, with an allegation from ex-wife Dina Lohan that he owes about $11,000 in unpaid child support.
Michael Lohan on Thursday said Major had set him up for the phone call and re-arrest, the St. Petersburg Times reported. "She keeps doing this. She needs help, she calls me, and I'm a sucker so I call her back. I'm an idiot," Lohan said as he was being put into the back of a police cruiser.
He said Major makes money by setting him up and then selling her story. This comes the same week his daughter Lindsay Lohan was reportedly making money posing for Playboy. (The day after that shoot wrapped, she made it back to the coroner's office for a second shift of community service at the morgue.)
One way Michael Lohan won't be making money? As a singer. Shortly before his most recent arrest, TMZ reported, he was caught on video assaulting Don McLean's "American Pie," courtesy of a karaoke machine at the hotel's bar.
Hogging the mike, too. Anyone surprised?
— Christie D'Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Michael Lohan appears in a Florida court via teleconference on Wednesday afternoon. He was re-arrested that night. Credit: Skip O'Rourke / St. Petersburg Times