Lindsay Lohan’s Brother Says She Was Surrounded by ‘Leeches’

Lindsay Lohan’s brother is speaking out about his sister’s recent troubles—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s far from the only one to blame for the situation she’s found herself in.

LiLo’s 22-year-old brother, Michael Lohan Jr. (who appeared with her in 1998’s The Parent Trap), tells People magazine that the company she’s kept has caused her to wander down the wrong path in life:

“I think that in the past, her vision had been blurred…People she was surrounded by—enablers, leeches, whatever you’d like to call it—made things very difficult. It’s quite strenuous to right your wrongs when the people around you help justify your actions. Therefore, cloudy judgment made it easy for her to neglect those trying to guide her.”

Lindsay is currently in an undisclosed rehab facility, her second rehab stint since August, after failing at least one court-mandated drug test.

As Michael Jr.—a recent graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in business administration—sees it, his 24-year-old sibling has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but she’s come to recognize the severity of her problem. And she’ll eventually shape up, with the help of a better support system:

“She has made conscious efforts to improve her lifestyle behaviors and to treat this process with great care. In order to continue her healing process, she’s willing to take whatever steps necessary. We—her mother, brothers, and sister—have been there for Lindsay every step of the way—despite what trashy news reports— and will continue to give her our support and strength during these arduous times.”

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