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Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael, arrested hours after release from Tampa jail

TAMPA — Just hours after actor Lindsay Lohan's estranged father, Michael, was released from jail, he was rearrested and accused of violating the terms of his release and trying to escape police officers by jumping into a tree.

Police received a call just after 1 a.m. from Lohan's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Kate Major, a former tabloid reporter, saying Lohan was making harassing phone calls.

Lohan, 51, had been arrested early Tuesday and accused of battering Major, 28, at an apartment near the International Plaza mall.

In Lohan's first appearance in court on domestic battery charges Wednesday morning, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich ordered Lohan to stay away from Major, as a condition of his release from jail.

But Major told police that Lohan was threatening to do just the opposite. While officers were interviewing Major at the Tampa apartment in which Lohan allegedly attacked her Tuesday, he called.

Major put Lohan on speaker phone so the officers could hear what he was saying, police said.

Officers then drove to the Tahitian Inn, on S Dale Mabry Highway, to confront Lohan about the phone calls. But before they could, Lohan attempted to escape by jumping off his third-floor balcony and into a tree, police said.

He was caught after a short foot pursuit, and transported to Tampa General Hospital with what may be a broken foot.

Once he is released from the hospital, police said, Lohan will be taken right back to jail. He is accused of violating a condition of his pretrial release by contacting Major and resisting arrest.

Lohan was released from Orient Road Jail on $5,000 bond at 6 p.m. Wednesday, after his arrest Tuesday for striking Major, police said. Major said Lohan was trying to persuade her to drop a restraining order against him from Sarasota County when they began to argue, according to an arrest report. She had also refused his demand for oral sex, the report said.

That's when 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.

After leaving jail Wednesday, Lohan proclaimed his innocence, telling several reporters that Major set him up.

"I didn't do anything," he said. "This is how she makes money. She gets me arrested like she's done three times before and then she sells the story."

Lohan, who has been arrested on charges of domestic violence several times in different states, said Major moved to Fort Lauderdale, where he has been working as a marketing director for a drug company, to be with him. He said he rented her an apartment in Tampa and then moved in with her.

As he was being put in the back of a police cruiser Thursday morning, Lohan said Major had called him asking for help. When he called back, he said, she had set him up to be overheard by police.

"She keeps doing this," he said. "She needs help, she calls me, and I'm a sucker so I call back. I'm an idiot."

Lindsay Lohan's father, Michael, arrested hours after release from Tampa jail 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 6:40pm]
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