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Lindsay Lohan's father accused of beating girlfriend in Tampa

TAMPA — Another Lohan is behind bars.

Actress Lindsay Lohan's estranged father, Michael, was arrested around 1 a.m. Tuesday and accused of battering his girlfriend at a Tampa apartment.

He was booked into Hillsborough County Jail after a quick visit to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was checked after complaining of chest pains. Lohan faces a domestic battery charge and was being held without bail.

Tampa police responded to the apartment, 2021 Lemans Blvd. near the International Plaza mall, after receiving a complaint from a private number.

Lohan, 51, had been staying at the apartment, which belongs to girlfriend Kate Major, 28, according to police.

Lohan had been trying to persuade Major, a former Star magazine reporter, to drop a restraining order from Sarasota County when the two began to argue, according to an arrest affidavit. Lohan also was angry because Major would not perform oral sex on him, 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, police said.

Officers said Major was crying and afraid when they arrived. She sustained "minor bruising" from the incident, police said.

After being placed in handcuffs, Lohan, who has a history of cardiac problems, began to complain of chest pains, police said. He was taken to St. Joseph's to undergo tests and treatment.

But shortly after officers left his bedside to confer nearby, Lohan checked himself out, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. No test results were collected.

Lohan told police he thought he was free to go, but was taken back into custody on his way out of the hospital, officials said.

"I know he had concerns about his health," Davis said, "but you would think he would have stayed in the hospital if he was really that worried."

Major and Lohan have had an on-again, off-again relationship over the past two years, including an engagement in 2010, according to media reports.

The couple was most recently in the public eye over the summer as Lohan was treated for alcoholism on the reality show Celebrity Rehab.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, who counseled him as part of the show, released a video Tuesday commenting on the arrest.

"At the time of his discharge, (counselor) Bob Forrest and I both told him that he would end up in jail again," Pinsky said in the video.

In March, Lohan had been arrested on domestic violence charges in California. Police reported that Lohan had thrown Major around and attempted to choke her and injure himself to prevent her from calling police.

Major had "visible injuries" after that incident, police said.

Lohan was charged then with inflicting corporal injury, false imprisonment and preventing the report of victimization.

Then, too, he complained of chest pains after being arrested by Los Angeles County deputies and was taken to a hospital.

Most recently, Lohan has been working from a Fort Lauderdale address as director of marketing for Larasan Pharmaceuticals, according to jail records. The company's website says it is engaged in the development and marketing of over-the-counter analgesics.

Lohan also volunteered in February to speak with teenagers participating in a residential rehabilitation program, Inspirations for Youth and Families, about the dangers of teenage substance abuse, according to the organization. It has centers in Fort Lauderdale and Naples.

It was not clear why Major had filed the restraining order they had been arguing about in Sarasota County, but media reports say she has family in the area.

That injunction was removed Monday for unknown reasons, according to the Clerk of the Sarasota Circuit Court. Major had planned to speak Tuesday to a Sarasota judge about reinstating the order of protection, but the hearing was postponed.

Lohan told police he and Major had come to Tampa to escape the publicity his daughter Lindsay attracts.

He said he broke Major's phone because he was angry, but didn't lay hands on her.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan could return to jail in California after a judge ruled she violated probation involving a community service assignment. A Nov. 2 court date was set to decide.

The 25-year-old actress was given probation for a 2007 drunken driving case and a misdemeanor theft case this year.

Times TV/Media Critic Eric Deggans and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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