E-Trade Financial (ETFC) is taking off the gloves in its legal battle with Lindsay Lohan, who is suing the online brokerage firm for $100 million claiming that it defamed her in a TV commercial that refers to a baby named Lindsay as a "milkaholic."
In papers filed in Nassau County Supreme Court in New York, E-Trade says it's trying to get the venue changed from Long Island to Manhattan (where the company's headquarters are located), but the company also seems to be trying to prove that Lohan is such damaged goods that she doesn't have much of a reputation to defame. The court papers cite "reams" of disparaging online comments made about Lohan and detail the actress's history of "drug abuse, brawls and DWI busts," the New York Post reported.
One commentator that E-Trade cited in the court papers called her " a pot-stirring, lazy, irresponsible, disrespectful little drama queen."
Lohan's attorney Stephanie Ovadia says she doesn't think the information was relevant to the case, which E-Trade is trying to get dismissed. The company, which has argued that the case is without merit, couldn't be reached for comment. Attorneys for the brokerage firm also did not return phone calls.
Lohan is facing an uphill battle when it comes to her campaign to improve her image and convince people she no longer abuses drugs. The actress is also reportedly having financial problems with more than $500,000 in credit card debt. She was recently fired from the movie The Other Side because she was not "bankable" enough. She has not appeared on film since 2007's box-office disaster I Know Who Killed Me. One reason why studios might be reluctant to hire her is the insurance risk involved. Stars with histories of drug abuse sometimes have to fund their own policies, which can be very expensive.
Or they just may not be hiring her because she will be spending so much time in court. Earlier this month, Lohan was sued by a fashion photographer who claims the actress owes him money.
E-Trade Pulls No Punches in Legal Battle With Lindsay Lohan