Lindsey Lohan's Dad Fills Yacht Full of Women From Drug Treatment Center to Shoot TV Show, Source Says
|Michael Lohan reportedly put the women on a yacht like this one in order to shoot the pilot.|
That's according to a former patient at the Cove Center for Recovery in Fort Lauderdale. The patient, who asked that his name not be used, says Lohan teamed up with
the Cove's owners to develop the pilot.
|Chris and Karen Walsh from their appearance on the Dr. Phil show.|
According to the former patient:
Lohan came to the shelter in April to recruit the half-dozen women there to take part in the show. They were told that they could be paid if the show is picked up by a network, and Lohan told them the Travel Channel was interested. The women agreed, and in late August, they were picked up at 8 a.m. and taken to a borrowed yacht.
They spent the day staging scenes, with the girls being told to act out emotional interactions with one another, sometimes with several takes. They didn't return until 10 o'clock that night.
On April 1, celebrity website X17 reported that Lohan was looking to create a drug treatment center based entirely on a yacht. Lohan told the site the yacht would hold eight guests and six staff and would set sail out of Fort Lauderdale. In the article, Lohan doesn't mention the plan to film a TV show based on the yacht.
The former patient says he came forward with details about the reality TV show because he feared Lohan had taken advantage of the women. "The only thing I wanted to get out there is that Lohan isn't starting a rehab facility. He's trying to exploit these girls."
The former patient was at the Cove for 30 days for substance abuse, a $15,000 treatment covered by his insurance. He says other patients objected to the idea of the reality show, mostly because Alcoholics Anonymous is founded on the principle of anonymity.
If the show is picked up, it isn't the first time the Cove would be featured on TV. The owners of the Cove appeared on an episode of the Dr. Phil show with one of their patients who was refusing treatment. In the episode, the couple agrees to take the girl back into their center for free for up to a year to help her recover.
The former patient who spoke to the Pulp said that he was happy with his time at the center and that its employees had helped him kick his addictions. But he said he spoke up for fear that the Cove and Lohan were unfairly treating women who could appear on the show. "They had three girls in that group who were all about 18, and I just don't think that's right that they would put them on TV."
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