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Lindsay Lohan's publicist Steve Honig, who has been working with the troubled star for two years, quit on Wednesday night. Is it wrong that our first thought is "what took him so long?"
According to TMZ, the final straw (and there were many, many straws) was a dispute with Lindsay's father Michael Lohan. Last week, Michael attempted to stage an intervention for his daughter, concerned that she had fallen off the wagon and was hanging out with "a bunch of alcoholics and drug addicts." To say that it did not go well would be an understatement; Michael didn't even get in the door before Lindsay called the police. Lindsay's siblings Michael Jr., Ali and Cody have since condemned their father's actions in the press, while Michael is now attempting to get Lindsay a conservatorship (a la Britney Spears) in order to force her into rehab.
But what does this have to do with her publicist, you ask? We're getting there. When Michael staged his failed intervention, he claimed that Lindsay's entire team of lawyers and managers was on his side, and leaked a series of emails that allegedly proved it. Honig then released a statement on behalf of Lindsay, denying that the intervention was anything but Michael's own crazy idea.
"It's apparent Michael continues to be very focused on getting publicity for himself," Honig told CNN on Tuesday. "Lindsay's team is in no way aligned with him or his actions."
In response, Michael said that Honig was "a pathetic liar" who had agreed to the intervention plan, "but now he is bailing because he cares more about his job than her."
The next day, Honig turned in his resignation. But he's reluctant to give a specific reason to the press. "I really feel very firmly that it's private and I don't want to say anything," he told the NY Daily News. When TMZ asked Honig specifically if he'd quit over Michael's actions, the publicist scoffed, "Michael wishes he were that important."
For the past two years, Honig has been working hard to engineer Lindsay's comeback (which was supposed to be complete upon the release of her films Liz & Dick and The Canyons). But the actress didn't make it easy for him. During Honig's tenure, Lohan was accused of a hit and run, pled guilty to stealing an expensive necklace, was banned from her favorite luxury hotel, got into a fight with her parents that was broadcast all over the internet -- and that's just the short list.
The thing is, Honig is known for dealing well with difficult clients; his current roster includes controversy magnets Courtney Love, Victoria Gotti and Gilbert Gottfried. If he can't keep Lindsay's issues under control, then we wonder if anybody can.