TAMPA — Michael Lohan, the estranged father of actor Lindsay Lohan, proclaimed his innocence of domestic violence accusations Wednesday night after bailing out of jail.
"I didn't do anything," he told reporters gathered outside the Hillsborough County Jail.
Instead, he blamed the girlfriend he is accused of battering in a Tampa apartment, Kate Major, a former tabloid reporter, of setting him up for the arrest.
"This is how she makes money," he said. "She gets me arrested like she's done three times before and then she sells the story."
Lohan, 51, was arrested early Tuesday and accused of battering Major, 28, at an apartment near the International Plaza mall.
Lohan was trying to persuade her to drop a restraining order against him from Sarasota County when they began arguing, according to an arrest report. She had also refused his demand for oral sex, the report said.
Lohan punched her, smashed her cell phone, grabbed her by the arm and threatened to throw her from the fourth-floor balcony, Tampa police said.
In Lohan's first appearance in court on the charges Wednesday morning, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich prodded prosecutors to file an additional charge and ordered Lohan to stay in jail for hours before posting $5,000 bail and being released.
The judge said the time was needed so the State Attorney's Office could check with Sarasota County to make such it hadn't issued a warrant. (It hadn't.)
Heinrich also ordered Lohan to stay away from Major. And he ignored defense attorney Michael Perry's request to release Lohan on his own recognizance.
"That's not going to happen," Heinrich said.
The judge questioned why Lohan didn't also face a charge of aggravated assault.
"Especially if you are throwing her off the fourth floor, that would be a felony charge of aggravated assault," he said. "You may want to look at the additional charge of aggravated assault."
Jail records do not show that the charge was added.
Heinrich chided Perry after he said Lohan had an invitation to go to the apartment.
"Does your client have a restraining order out of Sarasota?" Heinrich asked.
"I am aware that there is a restraining order, " Perry started.
"So if he had an invitation to come up here, he shouldn't have come up here," Heinrich responded. "He's not allowed to come up here, he's not allowed to be around her. Does he know how to read?"
"Yes, your honor," Perry said.
Heinrich addressed Lohan over a video feed: "If you even dream about her and you violate my order, you will go to jail."
While Lohan was still in jail, the TMZ.com celebrity gossip site reported, he was served legal papers by former wife Dina Lohan, who is demanding $11,000 in unpaid child support.
After his release, Michael Lohan said Major was having troubles in Sarasota and came down to Fort Lauderdale, where he is marketing director for a drug company, to be with him. He said he rented her an apartment in Tampa and moved in.
"She has all my clothing, my jewelry and my computers," he said. The judge's order doesn't allow him to go to her apartment.
He said he'll being staying in South Tampa's Tahitian Inn.
"God knows what happened. I know what happened and Kate knows what happened. I did not lay a hand on her. I did not hurt her. If anything, I tried to help her," Lohan told reporters.