With a reality show on horizon that won’t promote itself, Lindsay Lohan is finally addressing her livestream of a troubling altercation with an unknown family that led to her being pushed to the ground.
The “Mean Girls” star was accused of attempting to abduct multiple children, whom she identified as Syrian refugees, in a viral Instagram Live video posted in September of the actress seemingly chasing a family through the streets of Moscow.
Speaking with Paper magazine for their annual Break the Internet issue, Lohan broke her silence on the the incident. In between glossy photos of her dressed up as various Disney princesses, the 32-year-old star said she hoped to “erase it and throw it in the trash.”
In peak Lohan fashion, she repeatedly tried to dodge the question, telling the interviewer, “Let’s talk about it in New York. It’s better if we speak face-to-face about it. So you can actually understand what really happened.”
Then, she attempted to reframe the issue as a commentary of the pervasive nature of social media and how she’s used Instagram and Twitter to open a direct connection with her fans.
“I recently made the mistake of having my phone recording live video, and that I learned from,” she told the outlet. “But I think it’s also important because if you’re doing something and you want to give direct access to your fans, you can contact them and see their thoughts and get an opinion.”
But when asked directly about the video in person, Lohan was apparently “too tired” to offer a response, and, instead, let her representative do the heavy lifting.
“I’ve read the situation wrong. I’ve learned from it,” she told Paper in an emailed statement. “And that’s all I have to say.”
Lohan was widely criticized for tone-deaf behavior in the video, in which she accused a woman of trafficking children and not providing a “better life” for them.
“Hey, everyone, I just want to show you a family that I met, a Syrian refugee family that I’m really worried about,” she said in the video before things took a turn for the worse.
After a few exchanges with the family that quickly became unintelligible due to Lohan’s distinctive accent, which she suggested should be called LiLohan, the former Disney star ended up following the group as they attempt to flee the conversation.
But Lohan was in over her head, as the woman in question eventually pushes her to the ground, culminating in the actress sobbing alone on the street while thousands of her followers tuned in.