Lindsay Lohan is a victim. She deserves respect and solidarity against domestic violence.
Content warning: domestic violence, physical assault.
Over the last week or so, a video of Lindsay Lohan being assaulted by her fiancee Egor Tarabasov has been circulating the internet. The video shows the infamous starlet being clearly attacked by having her arm twisted behind her back with clear expressions of pain across her face, along with her swimsuit/coverup being yanked in the process, exposing her to the onlookers who stood by and did nothing.
Tarabasov was drunkenly fighting the actress for her phone, with zero care as to who saw the incident.
Prior to the video, police had been called to their apartment when Lohan screamed to neighbors that Tarabasov was trying to strangle her, resulting in police breaking down the door! “Please, please. He just strangled me. He almost killed me.”
So why is the media victim-blaming Lindsay Lohan for her partner’s physical violence against her?
“It’s not the first time,” she said. “That’s the problem. But this time, someone saw.”
More like this time, someone recorded it. When an abuser no longer cares about being caught, no longer concerned about the reaction to others, things will only get worse. He had not been arrested or charged by police, and clearly was not concerned about onlookers intervening.
“I’ve dealt with enough police in L.A.” Lohan said, recalling her prior run-ins with law enforcement. “I just left the house and went to the Connaught [Hotel] for the night. I contacted my good friend Hofit Golan who was in St Tropez. She said, ‘Get on a plane, come and meet me,’ so I did. I needed some time for myself,” Lohan explained in a recent interview after the Mykonos incident.
Lohan grew up amidst a toxic dynamic between her mother Dina and father Michael while making a career for herself in Hollywood starting at the incredibly young age of 11. She is also known to have a history of mental illness, addiction, and very publicly tumultuous relationships which make her an easily framed “bad girl,” rather than being recognized as someone trying to deal with her own personal demons.
Unlike Hollywood’s “sweethearts” which may privately have similar issues, but have somehow kept them quiet and out of the press, Lohan has been in the public eye since before most girls even start their periods, let alone know how to privately navigate life, love, and all other obstacles that come with being human. When the roles started drying up, 30-year-old Lohan relocated to London in an attempt to live a more quiet life, hoping to settle down and have “four children” with her young fiancee.
Absolutely no one deserves to live in physical danger and made to feel as though the violent actions of someone else are their fault. The press has presented this recent assault through the gaze of it being Lohan’s fault, as she has had a history of problematic behaviors. The truth of it is, regardless of the person, we must show respect and solidarity to all victims of domestic violence.