From her earlier Instagram Story updates, the footage was likely taken in Moscow. The Instagram Live video begins with Lohan proposing to provide a place for the family to stay for a night, but the situation soon takes a turn for the worse.
“Hey everyone, I just want to show you a family that I met,” she told Live viewers, “a Syrian refugee family that I’m really worried about. They really need help.”
“You want to come with me? Come with me, I’ll take care of you guys,” she said to the family, before directly talking to one of the children. “Do you want to stay in a hotel tonight? Do you want to watch movies? It would be so cool to watch a movie on a TV or a computer.”
When the parents denied her offer, Lohan became slightly aggressive.
“You should not have them [your sons] on the floor, you should be a hard-working woman and you should be doing what you [can] for your children, so they have a better life,” she said, adding, “If someone is offering them a home and a bed, which is me at the moment, give it to them. They will come back to you.”
She continued, “I won’t leave until I take you. Now I know who you are. Don’t fuck with me.”
The family began walking away from Lohan, but she followed them while continuing to broadcast the situation on Instagram Live.
“Look what’s happening, they’re trafficking children.... You’re ruining Arabic culture by doing this,” Lohan said. “You’re taking these children, they want to go. I’m with you boys, don’t worry, the whole world is seeing this right now.”
The mother eventually punched Lohan towards the end of the video, and she looked completely startled. The actress is facing criticism for what many believe is basically attempted kidnapping.