Legendary West Hollywood haunt, the Chateau Marmont Hotel, has banned actress Lindsay Lohan from the premises. Hotel management claims that Lohan owes $46,000 for room service, smokes, and mini-bar charges racked up during her June-July 2012 stay.
The news comes just days after news broke that the LAPD is investigating Lohan for the alleged theft of $100,000 of watches, sunglasses, and tableware (?) at the home of a millionaire pal.Lohan is no stranger to the Marmont, having hunkered and huddled there through many-a scandal, essentially living at the Hotel for several stretches. This latest stay, though, was for an actual j-o-b. Lohan stayed at the Marmont while filming Liz & Dick, in which she plays the [kinda sorta mighta been] career-saving role of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.
We’ve said it a bajillion times: every step backwards from Lindsay Lohan makes us uncomfortable and sad. She behaves like an addict and like someone constantly begging for attention, to be saved from herself (or someone who simply hasn’t flipped her Unbelievable Entitlement Switch to “Post-Herbie”). And as much fun as it is to snark, anyone this self-destructive is clearly ill and we’d all best be careful about piling on ill people.
But this is the Chateau Marmont, a swanky place that loves the attention it gets for bad behavior and–on rare occasions–banning people for it.
The hotel reportedly banned Britney Spears in 2007 for bizarre behavior and bad table manners. It banned blogger and Apprentice contestant Jenn Hoffman for tweeting not-so-niceties and celebrity beeswax(as in none of hers). But the Marmont is also the place that let Led Zeppeln ride motorcycles through the lobby and celebrates the darker moments that make it a secretive, storied landmark. John Belushi’s fatal overdose. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s heart attack. Jim Morrison’s death-defying fall. A car crash that killed fashion photographer Helmut Newton.
And, yet, Lindsay Lohan’s risky, clueless, self-indulgent behavior is a bridge too far for the Chateau Marmont. Gang, believe it or not, NOW it’s time to worry.
Yes, the banning is partly a PR stunt. Yes, the hotel is a business that wants its money. But if Lindsay Lohan were on the comeback trail, the Marmont management would write off that $46,000 for continued paps shots of her splayed on a cabana. If Lindsay Lohan weren’t so dangerously (publicly) off the rails, they’d put up with her hijinks for the cache. But I think the Chateau is joining the growing list of people and places who’ve seen it all yet aren’t ready to see what Linday Lohan’s all really is. Her disconnect from reality has been too public for too long for anyone to indulge her much longer. Especially if her final disconnect is on their property where they are holding a squirming, oozing bag of legal liability and bad publicity.
So as much as we’d like to think theft accusations, bar fights, or DUIs are the final warning bell for Lindsay Lohan, I think being banned from the epicenter of the self-destructive self-indulgent antics of the rich and famous might actually be the biggest warning of all. So, good for the Marmont for banning her, for whatever reason. But now’s the time–we mean it, this time–for someone to intervene in a way harsher than kicking her out of a fancy swimming pool.