Lohan Appeared in Court This Morning

Michael Lohan, the estranged father of actress Lindsay Lohan, was ordered to be held at jail until 6 p.m. Wednesday by a Hillsborough County Circuit judge Wednesday morning.

His bail was set at $5,000.

Judge Walter Heinrich, who oversaw Lohan’s first appearance in court, ordered him to be held while the State Attorney’s Office checks to see if they want any warrants served on him out of Sarasota County.

Lohan, 51, was arrested early Tuesday and accused of battering his girlfriend at a Tampa apartment. Lohan had been trying to persuade the girlfriend, Kate Major, to drop a restraining order from Sarasota County when the two began to argue, according to an arrest affidavit.

Lohan punched her, smashed her cell phone, grabbed her by the arm and threatened to throw her from the fourth floor balcony, police said.

Heinrich ordered Lohan to stay away from Major. He ignored defense attorney Michael Perry’s request to have his client released on his own recognizance.

“That’s not going to happen,” Heinrich said.

Heinrich questioned why Lohan didn’t also face a charge of aggravated assault.

“Especially if you are throwing her off the fourth floor, that would be a felony charge of aggravated assault,” he said. “You may want to look at the additional charge of aggravated assault.”

After the appearance, Perry said he didn’t think that charge should apply, but the decision is up to the State Attorney’s Office.

Heinrich chided Perry after he said Lohan had an invitation to go to the residence.

“Does your client have a restraining order out of Sarasota?” Heinrich asked.

“I am aware that there is a restraining order…,” Perry started.

“So if he had an invitation to come up here, he shouldn’t have come up here,” Heinrich responded. “He’s not allowed to come up here, he’s not allowed to be around her. Does he know how to read?”

“Yes, your honor,” Perry said.

“Well, he’d better understand,” Heinrich said, turning to address Lohan through a video feed. “If you even dream about her and you violate my order, you will go to jail.”

After the court appearance, Perry did not speak specifically about the allegations, saying details would come out in court.

Asked about all the media attention the case is getting, he said: “It’s a bunch of Hollywood hype. It’s getting blown up.”

St. Petersburg Times

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