Following a series of emotional posts hinting that her relationship with fiancé Egor Tarabasov was far from healthy, Lindsay Lohan decided to speak to the press to confirm domestic violence rumors, saying that she no longer feels safe.
"I wanted to do this interview because it's time to tell the truth," said Lohan, who was reportedly crying during her interview with Mail on Sunday. "There have been so many lies printed about me recently. I've kept quiet for so long, but now I'm scared of what Egor might do to me and to himself."
Troublingly, she claims it's "not the first time" her fiancé allegedly assaulted her. "That's the problem," she says. "But this time, someone saw."
The police showed up at at the couple's London flat and kicked down the door in July, after Lohan and her fiancé woke up concerned neighbors with their fighting. The police didn't charge anybody, but a neighbor took a video of the incident from outside the apartment in which Lohan is heard screaming, "Egor, you’ve been strangling me constantly. You can’t strangle a woman constantly and beat the shit out of her and think it’s OK. Everybody saw you touch me. It’s filmed. Get out! Get out.”
"I genuinely fell in love with him, but he broke my trust and made me feel unsafe," Lohan told the Mail.
Sadly, the alleged abuse Lohan detailed is not as uncommon as it should be. Rates of domestic violence are shockingly high in the United States, and according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence. To put things in harsh perspective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 20 people become victims of violence at the hands of an intimate partner every 20 minutes in the United States.
"I realize now you can't stay in a relationship just for love," Lohan said. "No woman can be hit and stay with that person if that person isn't prepared to say sorry." But it's important to stress that even if an abuser does apologize, that doesn't mean he won't do it again.
"The chances are high that an abuser will be abusive again, and any past history of domestic violence should be a huge red flag," says Gretchen Shaw, the associate director of the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, in a post at domesticviolence.org. "In order to change, the abuser has to consciously choose to change and take responsibility for being abusive, permanently."
If Lindsay Lohan is being abused, let's hope she leaves her abuser for good.
If you or anyone you know may be experiencing emotional or physical abuse, please don't hesitate to contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
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