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Michael Jackson’s children investigating sexual abuse accusers for potential fraud, emotional distress lawsuit

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While the late Michael Jackson’s children continue to explore legal options against his accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, Page Six has learned they’re also quietly investigating Robson and Safechuck in advance of filing a lawsuit.

Robson and Safechuck made headlines when they appeared in HBO’s “Leaving Neverlanddocumentary, which aired earlier this year, to recount alleged sexual abuse by the King of Pop. Now Prince, Paris and Prince Michael Jackson II, aka “Blanket,” are on a mission to find out if the men were paid, in any capacity, for their participation, and to look for any inconsistencies in their accounts of the alleged abuse.

The film’s director, Dan Reed, has previously said they weren’t compensated, several outlets have reported.

According to a source close to the family, the children are said to be preparing a lawsuit for fraud, emotional distress, slander and misrepresentation.

We’re also told that in the potential suit, Prince, 22, Paris, 21, and Blanket, 17, are not looking for money, but want Robson and Safechuck to accept “responsibility” and give an “apology.” Any funds awarded will be given to charity.

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Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson are reportedly investigating James Safechuck and Wade Robson for their sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson in “Leaving Neverland.”

Jackson’s three heirs feel the documentary violated their privacy as they are mentioned in it. “All of these things take away their privacy,” said a source.

As part of their investigation, the famous siblings are also digging into Robson’s Hawaii-based charity.

Around the time the documentary was released, Robson set up the “Robson Family Fund” through the Hawaii Community Foundation, reports The Blast.

Robson and his wife, Amanda, have been accused of capitalizing on the documentary’s popularity, as it was initially unclear where donations would go. Shortly thereafter, Robson changed the name to the “Robson Child Abuse Healing and Prevention Fund.” The charity’s website says funds are required by law to be distributed to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.

An insider close to the family tells Page Six Robson’s charity faces possible scrutiny from investigators in Hawaii. Requests for comment from the charity and the office of Hawaii’s attorney general weren’t immediately returned.

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n this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film “Leaving Neverland” at the Salesforce Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Michael Jackson accusers Robson and Safechuck say that the Sundance Film Festival is first time they’ve ever felt public support for their allegations the King of Pop molested them. The documentary which premiered at the festival last month and will air on HBO in two parts on March 3 and 4, chronicles how their lives intersected with Jackson’s. (AP)

A rep for the Jackson siblings told us, “The three children say that all they want is to preserve their father’s musical legacy. They feel that the ‘documentary’ was one-sided and the two men have made numerous claims that aren’t true. As for the allegations, they believe that per their own investigation and other news sources, money raised by the two men and maybe others has not gone to a charity or to promote anything positive. They want formal answers on the ‘charity’ issue of Mr. Robson and his ‘donation’ and more. They certainly haven’t used their new platform and that is the point. The Jacksons use theirs to help others. It’s the principle, but it’s also possibly illegal and they want answers.”

While this looms, the family is preparing a special tribute to Michael Jackson, who died 10 years ago on June 25.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking, reviewers say

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Samsung’s new $2,000 smartphone doesn’t go on sale until next week — yet it’s already falling apart.

Numerous tech reviewers who received the $1,980 Galaxy Fold — known for its unique foldable screen as well as its hefty price tag — are now reporting that their devices are breaking.

Reporters from outlets like Bloomberg, The Verge and CNBC all took to Twitter to share photos of how their supposedly-flexible screens were blacking out or breaking at their hinges.

“The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in,” Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted Wednesday.

Attached to the tweet was a photo of the phone with two-thirds of the 7.3-inch screen blacked out.

“When I tap the screen as well with the top of my finger and the fingernail hits it (very common), it also leaves a seemingly permanent indent,” Gurman tweeted shortly thereafter. “There is a very small tear at the top part of the hinge and after I poked at it, the screen got worse.”

Other tech reviewers complained of phones with flickering screens.

Multiple reviewers tied the problem to a thin plastic layer over the screen that they thought was a screen protector— leading them to remove it when they were not supposed to.

The disturbing reviews come as the Fold, which was unveiled in February, gets ready to hit stores next week. It recently sold out of preorder units, Samsung said.

The phone features a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display that bends, allowing it to fold to the size of a regular smartphone with a 4.6-inch screen.

Samsung claims that the Fold’s hinge can withstand 200,000 holds. But so far it’s looking like it can hardly withstand two days.

Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s not the South Korean phone maker’s first embarrassing phone launch. Back in 2016, the company was forced to halt sales of its Galaxy Note 7 because the phone’s battery had been overheating, catching fire and blowing up in customers’ pockets.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

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‘T2 Trainspotting’ actor Bradley Welsh shot dead in Scotland

“T2 Trainspotting” actor Bradley Welsh was shot dead Wednesday in Scotland’s capital, officials said.

Welsh, who played Doyle, a gangland figure in the sequel to “Trainspotting,” was shot in Edinburgh’s west end. Welsh’s age wasn’t clear.

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The Edinburgh Police Division said officers were called to the incident following a report of a disturbance. When medical officials arrived, they discovered a man “seriously injured in the street and sadly passed away at the scene.” Police said they were treating the man’s death as “suspicious” and are investigating. Anyone with information was asked to contact police. Police did not name the man shot.

A number of media outlets, including The Scotsman and the BBC, confirmed the actor’s death. Irvine Welsh, the author of “Trainspotting,” paid tribute to the fallen actor. The two men are not related.

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A floral tribute at the scene of the shooting of Bradley Welsh, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday April 18, 2019. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)

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“Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken,” he tweeted. “Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way.”

Welsh appeared alongside Ewan McGregor in the sequel. He also appeared on Bravo’s “Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men” in 2009. Welsh had no prior acting experience before appearing in “T2 Trainspotting.” Welsh was reportedly a lightweight boxing champion.

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Thailand busts ‘seasteading’ effort by American

Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the “seasteading” movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation’s laws. Thailand’s navy said they endangered national sovereignty, an offense punishable by life imprisonment or death.

The navy filed a complaint against them with police on the southern resort island of Phuket.

Chad Elwartowski said in an email Thursday that he believes he and Supranee Thepdet did nothing wrong.

The couple, who have gone into hiding, had been living part-time on a small structure they said was anchored outside Thailand’s territorial waters, just over 12 nautical miles from shore. Thai authorities say they have revoked Elwartowski’s visa.

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Tucker Carlson: Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign is already over. Maybe he should have had real ideas

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Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke gave a speech to students at the University of Virginia on Tuesday in Charlottesville. He spoke with a microphone to a group of kids seated in a small amphitheater.

For a moment, if you closed one eye, it looked convincingly like a campaign event. There were volunteers in matching T-shirts fussing over logistics. O’Rourke himself wore a slightly dopey UVA baseball cap as he spoke, because wearing other people’s hats is what you’re supposed to do when you run for president. To be clear: Running for president is what Beto O’Rourke says he’s doing.

It’s all a little sad when you think about it. O’Rourke isn’t going to be president, at least of this country. His campaign is dead — totally dead. It went toes up last week, from a fatal overdose of Buttigieg.

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Not everyone has heard the news. The mourning hasn’t started. But Beto for President is done. Over. He’s Jeb Bush now. Future generations will remember Beto O’Rourke, if they recall him at all, as a media story. “Remember that guy with the weird nickname that all the dummies on cable news fell in love with in a single day? That was bizarre.” It sure was.

Keep in mind, the media’s love affair with Beto just happened. The frenzy was just last month; it was only last month. College-educated adults in an advanced country with air travel and air conditioning were gushing over Beto. Pretty embarrassing. My gosh.

But before we get too judgy about it, a confession: We did it, too. Beto’s personal magic distorted our journalistic objectivity for a second there. It may have been the skateboarding. Or the weird resemblance to a young Bobby Kennedy. Whatever it was, we lost control like everyone else.

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We got a little carried away back then — sorry about that. It all seemed so innocent then, back a few weeks ago, in March 2019. It was just Beto and us and a dream. A simpler time. We thought anything was possible. We thought we could write our own story. We didn’t know that even fairy tales end. And one day, ours did end. The magic turned to dust, bitter in our mouths, like a peyote button, or psilocybin tea. One day, the music died. Bye, bye, Miss American Pie. Bye, bye, weirdly youthful, middle-aged white guy with a fake Hispanic nickname. You’ve been replaced.

There’s a new heartthrob in cable news. He’s everything you were, but more. He’s younger, shallower, even less experienced. He’s got an even weirder name. Plus, he’s gay. He’s the perfect candidate for voters who say they love diversity, but don’t really want to vote for Stacey Abrams. This candidate could have been created in a lab at CNN. (Maybe he was.) There’s no stopping a candidate like this, at least until Election Day.

So what are the lessons of the sinking of the SS Beto? Here’s one: Maybe he should have run on something. It’s pretty hard to win on charisma alone, as Hillary Clinton recently discovered. Why not be the one person with real ideas?

On some level, Beto must know it’s over. He’s no genius, but he can smell it. More than six months before the first votes are cast in the Iowa caucuses, he’s done. Sure, he may keep raising money. He probably will; it’s his one real skill. But his political career is over. Cue the sad Nirvana playlist.

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So what are the lessons of the sinking of the SS Beto? Here’s one: Maybe he should have run on something. It’s pretty hard to win on charisma alone, as Hillary Clinton recently discovered. Why not be the one person with real ideas? They don’t have have to be big ideas. How about any idea? Beto could have tried that. It never seemed to occur to him.

Instead, he just strung cliches together, like one of those Mad Libs word games you used to play with your brother on road trips. You get these long seemingly-coherent sentences that don’t actually mean anything. Beto was big on those. For example, here’s Beto explaining the Green New Deal.

“This country was willing to sacrifice men and women, all over the United States, to make sure that we defeated Germany and that we won that war and for the following 75 years that we made this world safe for democracy,” he said. “The Green New Deal calls that sacrifice and service and scale of commitment to mind when it talks about the challenges that we face today.”

So the question is, are voters ready to suffer 400,000 U.S. combat deaths for the sake of the climate? What does carbon dioxide Guadalcanal look like? Will we firebomb Tokyo again? How would that affect temperatures?

Come on. This is just too stupid. None of this is real. The Green New Deal isn’t a real idea. It’s wish fulfillment posing as legislation. But Beto kept a straight face throughout, like he really sincerely meant it. Who does that? Mediocre people do that. They tell implausible lies and demand that you pretend to believe them. Is Beto a mediocre person? We’ll let you decide.

In 2017, he gave a total of less than 1 percent of his income — one-third of 1 percent actually — to charity. And keep in mind he’s rich – very rich. He explained it this way on Tuesday:

“I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, my state, and now, my country. There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that are recorded and itemized, and others that we donate to that we have not. But I’ll tell you that I’m doing everything that I can right now, spending this time with you, not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso, because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything that we’ve got.”

Beto just made the case that his entire life is a kind of charitable donation. All of us get the gift of Beto, just because he’s here. Every time he speaks, it’s like endowing a library in Burma, or curing shingles in Malawi, or battling childhood obesity in Appalachia or sending mosquito nets to the Congo. It’s an act of charity. Something that makes this world wiser, kinder, more decent and better smelling.

Beto is such a good person that he could write himself off his taxes if he wanted too. The IRS would have to let him. His goodness is so clearly deductible. No lawyer would contest it.

But Beto doesn’t do that. He doesn’t shirk his duty. He’ll pay the extra tax. Because he cares that much. Now that you think about it, it’s almost sad he’ll never be president.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on April 17, 2019.

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Left will continue to ‘believe in Russia collusion’ even after Mueller report release, Byron York says

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The Russia collusion narrative is unlikely to go away even after the Robert Mueller report is released later today, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York predicts.

“A lot of Democrats have invested the last two years of their life in believing that there was collusion between Russia to fix the 2016 election. Don’t think they gonna give it up just because of this,” York told “Fox and Friends”.

“A lot of Democrats have invested the last two years of their life in believing that there was collusion between Russia to fix the 2016 election. Don’t think they gonna give it up just because of this.”

— Byron York

The prediction comes as Washington, D.C. is bracing for the release of the Mueller report that according to Attorney General William Barr didn’t establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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York pointed out that after Barr outlined the report’s conclusions in a letter and quoted Mueller stating that the evidence didn’t establish a conspiracy or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, many Democrats began doubling-down on the collusion charges.

“Immediately people on the left said maybe he couldn’t prove a criminal conspiracy but maybe there was some other sort of conspiracy. Or maybe he couldn’t prove to beyond a reasonable doubt but maybe there is evidence that the rest of us can believe,” York said.

“I really think we have already seen and they already tipped their hands that they are going to continue to believe in collusion.”

“I really think we have already seen and they already tipped their hands that they are going to continue to believe in collusion.”

— Byron York

On the obstruction of justice charges, York says those opposing President Trump will have even more to talk about after the report release as Mueller himself didn’t reach a conclusion about obstruction charges.

“If the Barr summary is pretty accurate, Mueller did not reach a conclusion about obstruction. That’s a question right there. He is a prosecutor. He has all the evidence. Why didn’t he reach some sort of conclusion?” he said.

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“There will be a lot of ammunition, we know that already for Trump’s critics who say that firing James Comey or the Lester Holt interview or something else was proof of obstruction right there in front of our eyes. So I don’t think that argument is going to go away at all.”

Lastly, even if the Mueller report doesn’t find wrongdoing by Trump, it’s unlikely to end the talk of impeachment by Democrats even as the 2020 election nears.

“If you believed in impeachment before the Mueller report, why would you stop believing in it now?,” York said, pointing that there’s a conflict within the Democratic Party on how to proceed with this.

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“You have a lot of the leadership like Nancy Pelosi wanting to move on, these are the more senior people wanting to move on, wanting to focus on the legislative agenda,” he continued.

“But you are going to have the investigative committees, the judiciary committee, the intelligence committee investigating this stuff all the way until the next election.”

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Andrew McCarthy: Media-Democrat complex whines over AG Barr’s press conference on Mueller report release

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The caterwauling over the press conference called by the Justice Department so Attorney General William Barr can formally announce the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is another unabashed demonstration of the real collusion played out over the last three years: the media and the Democrats.

“Extraordinary” is undoubtedly the word that fits the report’s release. “Utterly routine” is just as surely the apt description of the press conference.

The Justice Department always holds press conferences to announce major decisions, particularly about prosecutorial judgments that are being made public. Here, there is patently more reason than usual for a presser.

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First, the report involves something that would ordinarily not be made public. When the Justice Department does not charge a person with a crime, guidelines call for prosecutors to remain silent. When the FBI – which serves as our nation’s domestic security service as well as its premier law enforcement organization – has conducted (or is conducting) a counterintelligence investigation of a foreign power, as it has (and is) in connection with Russia’s efforts to meddle in American elections, such matters are classified and not spoken of publicly. Departure from these protocols warrants an explanation from the attorney general.

Second, Mueller’s report is said to be nearly 400 pages in length. Clearly, it will be read closely by the press, legal analysts, Trump administration advisers, members of Congress and their staffs, and some members of the public. The vast majority of Americans, however, will not read the report – certainly not the entire report. That does not mean most of them are indifferent to it as an important news and public policy matter. In such circumstances, it is standard fare for the Justice Department to hold a press conference and issue a press release.

Third, the report has been redacted to account for (a) grand jury material, (b) classified information (particularly about methods and sources of intelligence), (c) the desire not to compromise ongoing investigations, and (d) the privacy interests of peripheral people somehow connected to, but not charged in, the investigation. Obviously, the manner in which those redactions are conveyed in the report is something that needs to be explained. Since the attorney general is ultimately responsible for the redactions, his thinking on the matter ought to be welcome.

Fourth, Special Counsel Mueller did not make one of the main prosecutorial judgments his appointment called for – the decision whether there were legal grounds and sufficient evidence to warrant obstruction of justice charges against the president. Since that conclusion is not part of the report, but Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have declined to charge based on the report, the press conference is an opportunity to elaborate on the rationale for this decision, aided by the public release of the facts uncovered by the investigation.

Fifth, while the Mueller probe is over, Justice Department investigations attendant to the probe are not. They merit a status report. A number of Mueller cases have been spun off to other Justice Department components. The Justice Department inspector general is looking into controversial aspects of the FBI and Justice Department’s investigative decisions and tactics; and a Justice Department prosecutor, Utah U.S. attorney John Huber, has a parallel ongoing investigation.

Moreover, Attorney General Barr has indicated that he will be directing an investigation that focuses, among other things, on the factual predicate that purportedly justified the Obama administration’s highly unusual decision to use foreign counterintelligence authorities (and other investigative powers) to scrutinize a political campaign – a probe that would not be limited to the FBI and Justice Department decision-making but that would assess the actions of, for instance, other intelligence agencies. (Note that  former CIA director John Brennan’s own account, he played a key role in spurring the investigation. To say the least, it is highly unusual for the CIA to enmesh itself in a U.S. political campaign.)

For these and other reasons, it is palpably proper for the attorney general to call a press conference. In a less politicized media environment, there would be complaints only if such a press conference were not called.

But the media-Democrat complex is in full spleen-venting mode – as if Congress had enacted a law that compels journalists to attend executive branch press conferences.

If they don’t want to go, then don’t go – who cares? Plenty of reporters, fully realizing that the event is routine and that the opportunity to question public officials is what journalists rightly covet, will attend. The public will be informed about the report and other investigative developments – and if what the AG has to say is somehow contradicted by the report (don’t bet on it), that will be news.

The public is also informed by the peevish objections to an event the media exists to cover, about a report the Justice Department’s take on which should be of great interest to congressional Democrats.

This truly is media-Democrat complex collusion. Does anyone doubt that, if Attorney General Eric Holder – instead of, say, stonewalling to the point of being cited for contempt of Congress – had held a press conference about to announce a report on the Fast-and-Furious scandal, the press would have been there with bells on – armed with their Obama administration talking points?

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How remarkable to hear Democrats and their media friends – authors of the years-long “collusion with Russia” narrative that is increasingly exposed to be an effort to rationalize Hillary Clinton’s defeat and undermine Donald Trump’s presidency – bleat that it’s the attorney general who is spinning.

If they’re moving their lips, they’re projecting.

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Erdogan lashes out at Financial Times over report on economy

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Turkey’s president has lashed out at the Financial Times and other western media, accusing them of falsely portraying the economy as being on the brink of collapse.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Thursday after the Financial Times reported that Turkey’s Central Bank had bolstered its foreign currency reserves with short-term borrowed money, leading to concerns that Turkey may not be able to defend itself in the event of a currency crisis. The Turkish lira weakened some 2% against the dollar following the report.

Erdogan insisted the economy “is standing strong.” He claimed Turkey was being attacked because it was speaking out against injustices, including about refugees.

Erdogan said: “Oh Financial Times! What do you know about Turkey which hosts 4 million refugees? How many refugees are there in your country?”

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Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter expected to testify in Conan O’Brien stolen joke trial

When the Conan O’Brien stolen joke case goes to trial in San Diego next month, some of his famous friends are expected to take the stand.

Comedian Patton Oswalt and O’Brien’s on-air sidekick Andy Richter are both on the witness list, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In July 2016, Alex Kaseberg sued the late-night host, his company Conaco, TBS and Time Warner, alleging that “Conan” writers stole jokes from his social media feed and blog about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument.

While Oswalt, Richter, a Turner production exec and multiple “Conan” writers are expected to appear as witnesses during the trial, a California federal judge vetoed two comedy experts Kaseberg hoped to call on, court documents show.

The judge also granted O’Brien’s request to close the court during testimony about confidential financial information. The rest of the trial will be open to the public.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 23.

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Kate Major, Lindsay Lohan’s stepmom, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Lindsay Lohan‘s stepmother has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after state police said she tried to commandeer an occupied bus and attacked its driver.

Thirty-six-year-old Kate Major Lohan apologized while entering the third-degree misdemeanor plea Wednesday. Lehigh County prosecutors withdrew other charges including drunken driving.

Authorities say she was angry after missing her Hellertown stop on Christmas Day. She grabbed at and verbally abused the driver, then got behind the wheel and began pushing buttons as the engine ran. She spent Christmas night in jail.

Defense attorney Greg Spang lauded prosecutors for dropping the DUI charge, saying his client wanted to put a “Christmas she won’t soon forget” behind her.

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Major Lohan is married to Michael Lohan, actress Lindsay Lohan’s father.

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