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Daddy Dearest

Supports Daughter Nicole

7/8/2007 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicole Richie's daddy Lionel Richie spoke out about his daughter's recent legal troubles. Nicole's DUI trial is set for July 11. She was arrested in December for driving under the influence and pleaded not guilty.

nicoleric_brian_14248245_400-1Richie told FOXNews.com that, "she keeps apologizing to me. I told her 'You're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing to your father at this age." Talk about arrested development!

Richie-the-elder then blamed the media for his daughter's drama. "There's just so much information out there right now -- MySpace, cell phones, the Internet. If we had had all that when The Commodores were around, God only knows what my mother and father would have seen." Probably some dancing on the ceiling!

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rosie    

I am sick to death of these women. You do the crime and you do the time. How convienient that now Nicole is pregnant and suddenly engaged when her trial is coming up. Thank goodness she or her equally ignorant and non caring pals have not killed or maimed an innocent driver due to their stupidity or lack of understanding that the world does not revolve around them. As for Lionel Ritchie, what a damn jerk. He adopts achild and goes on his merry way touring and womanizing and the world sees him as a wonderful guy, oh jeez. Nicole is doing drugs, especially herion in her teens, hanging out with losers like Paris and where the hell is he? Making music and having illicit affairs. Why in the hell did he ever adopt her if he wasn't ging to parent her? Nicole, stop telling daddy you are sorry. Take your medicine and then take some parenting classes so you don't screw up this baby. And for godsake, get over yourself "bitch" and get a real life.

2667 days ago
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Lenn K.    

#10 it better than the Communist New Network (CNN). Plus the rating are higher and liberal have at least none other networks that's theirs. Celebs, think they are above everyone and have all the answers, It's nice to see someone prove that they don't.

2667 days ago
18.

Wicked    

Oh Lenn Lenn Lenn

get off your soapbox

dude, go to Church

it sucks

so do you

2667 days ago
19.

Zenophobe Alien    

Next thing we'll see is Lionell Ritchee coming to visit his daughter in jail. No different than Cathey and daddy hilton. They need to do the time they earned by breking the law just like anyone else. Pregnant women go to jail allthe time. Get over it Nicole!

2667 days ago
20.

B. Witch    

Lionel's no Daddy Dearest. He's definitely DADDY DUMBEST!

2667 days ago
21.

Lynn    

I grew up with the Commodores; and yes Lionel is correct we did not have the media attention, computers, my space tmz...to ellaborate on every mistake that was made as a human being. It does not matter if you are a parent of a celebrity or parent of any young adult they make mistakes! As a parent you stand by them and hope they learn and move on to become a better person. Nicole, I do not know you and I am sure I will never meet you or your family, but I believe you will grow into a beautiful, mature woman. God Bless you, your unborn child .

2667 days ago
22.

Wicked    

lynn aurand, aren't you sweet and refreshing.

2667 days ago
23.

jvalen    

Is nicole going to be another brintney pop out babies and still stay out all night in the clubs? they do not sound like good mothers to me as nicole said she hopes the baby will keep her out of jail, and did joel say he was not getting married but then turn aound and get this poor exsample of motherhood pregnant does anybody out there practice safe sex, will the baby have joels name since he does not use his fathers name because he was not a good father to them, i pitty the baby but it should fit in down in down in charles co . some stars do have good kids but you never hear about them only the no talent stuck up boobs like nicole and paris 2 worthless exsamples

2667 days ago
24.

Cat Stevns    

Nicole is a druggie cuz her dad is an idiot! He alwaysmakes excuses for the whore!

2667 days ago
25.

Petite    

19. Oh Lenn Lenn Lenn
get off your soapbox
dude, go to Church
it sucks
so do you
Posted at 12:40PM on Jul 8th 2007 by ASHLEY

ASHLEY, darling, THIS IS A SOAP BOX YOUR STANDING ON.
What the hell do you think this is, a private chat between you and a million other people? TMZ is the biggest soap box around!

Get a clue, and stop acting like you own the place, and stop giving orders.

2667 days ago
26.

Petite    

Posted at 12:40PM on Jul 8th 2007 by ASHLEY

19. Oh Lenn Lenn Lenn
get off your soapbox
dude, go to Church
it sucks
so do you

ASHLEY, darling, THIS IS A SOAP BOX YOUR STANDING ON.
What the hell do you think this is, a private chat between you and a million other people? TMZ is the biggest soap box around!

Get a clue, and stop acting like you own the place, and stop giving orders.

2667 days ago
27.

Make It Big    

No Lionel, look at how you raised this girl, you gave her too much, and allowed her to hang around other kids, that don't have respect for anything. She deserves to go to jail, pregnant or not! Stop using the media to make excuses for your daughter being a screw up!

2667 days ago
28.

steve    

Adopted DAUGHTER....... NOT REAL DAUGHTER......

2667 days ago
29.

kp    

im so tired of hearing about paris and nicole. they are washed up.

2667 days ago
30.

Eden    

Mr Richie seems like a loving father and he should do whatever he can to be a supportive parent. However, making public excuses and comments are not only stupid, they are also being read by other young and impressive girls. He should stand by his daughter but go on the records that Nicole has NOT made good decisions. Unfortunately, the judge will have to teach her that she must pay for her irresponsible actions.

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