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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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46.

Bubbles    

Lionel Richie is an idiot. He states: "You're doing exactly whay you're supposed to be doing to your father at this age."

It's not about YOU Lionel. It's about the innocent people she could have killed driving the wrong way down the freeway high on drugs. It's also about a BABY who doesn't deserve a mentally unstable, drug addicted mother. It's also about Nicole, somebody who is slowly killing herself. This woman is crying out for help. She thinks she can con a jury? Think again. Nobody in LA wants her on the road!

Lionel, you are a sorry excuse for a father!

2574 days ago
47.

Jonas Hansen    

I hope that parents like Lionel realize that this city is dangerous for youth in common. They should step up and take responsibility by moving to Europe where their youth can party WITH ALCOHOL so they learn about the dangers over years.

Here in Denmark we are seeing youth down to age 12 drinking and because they can not buy it on their own before they turn 16, it must be done with parental approval.

We can show results by that strategi. Of a population of 5,000,000 people only 73 (still to much, but it is low) died in alcohol related accidents on our roads during the entire year of 2006. In this city youth get a drivers licence first and then they suddenly can by alcohol without prior knowledge about how it effects them. It is murder!

2574 days ago
48.

just asking    

Driving Under the Influence of Fame The famous—Paris Hilton, Lindsay
Lohan, Nichole Richie, Mel Gibson, Ty Pennington, Vivica A. Fox, Tracy
Morgan, Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Rodriguez, George Michael, Ray
Liotta, Mike Tyson, rap artist Eve and players in the NFL, NBA and
MLB—all have one thing in common: driving under the influence. And
the public outcry over Hilton’s release and reincarceration only
underscores the fact that—famous or not—the nation wants
something to be done about it. Find out what MADD has to say and the
simple solution that could put an end to drunk driving. In the last
year, a great number of celebrities and high-profile sports figures
have been arrested for committing drunk driving offenses. Among them,
Paris Hilton has gotten the most attention—and public outrage. And
for good reason. Hilton has not taken responsibility for the fact she
drank before getting behind the wheel, drove on a suspended drivers’
license and then appealed to the governor for leniency in her sentence
for that offense. MADD believes she should accept full responsibility
for her actions, especially since a vast young audience is watching
her every move. MADD also believes that Hilton should have an alcohol
ignition interlock installed on her car so that she cannot drive drunk
again. In fact, through our Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, we
are advocating for an ignition interlock to be placed on every car
for all convicted drunk drivers. The reason why people continue to
drive drunk is because they can. And Hilton is a good example. She,
like many others who have had their license suspended, continue to
drive. Ignition interlocks would put an end to this as an interlock
device prevents the car from being started if a measurable amount of
alcohol is in the driver’s system. Courts across the country are
too lenient on those who drive on suspended licenses due to drunk
driving. In addition to jail time, fines and other sanctions, MADD
would like to see at least a one-year interlock provision for those
who drive on suspended licenses. Armed with new data from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which shows that
drunk driving fatalities are higher than they have been in 15 years,
MADD’s National Board met with Congressional leaders in June to ask
them for an increased focus on drunk driving across the nation and to
support MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. In addition to
ignition interlocks on all convicted drunk driver vehicles, the
Campaign also calls for the exploration of new technologies to
prevent a vehicle from being driven by someone who is drunk as well
as increased enforcement and public support
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2574 days ago
49.

Hannah Harris    

I bet most fans and the stupid media don't remember that Nicole isn't Lionel's biological daughter.She was a mutt that was adopted by Lional and one crazy ex - wife.Nicole 's parents didn't want her.

2574 days ago
50.

800 pound gorilla fart    


I believe you are mistaken , TMZ .

that is a picture of the new Barbie doll ...

dressed -up , starving Hollywood Barbie on Downers -- only available at Sachs

the hunger and poor pay must be getting to your staff at TMZ

please pay and fed them

2574 days ago
51.

Sillyme    

God Gawd, he's in acute denial of all she did, is doing wrong.. he called Paris a nice girl and wanted Richie to be friends with her again? He's really not a father but more of a forced godfather to her by his laid back, wait and see reactions...

2574 days ago
52.

Tricia    

Hannah, You are just plain cruel. Your statement says a lot about you. What has you so angry that you insult all adopted people? Think about the repercussions of your words.

2574 days ago
53.

lulu    

EVERYONE CALLS NICOLE & PARIS KIDS, THAT HAS BEEN THE PROBLEM.

MANY STARLETS ACT LIKE 15 YEAR OLDS AT AGE 21 THRU 26.

ONCE 18 THEY R ADULTS & RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR BEHVIOR, CHOICES AND FALLOUT. THEY R NOT KIDS AT AGE 25 OR 26.

THAT IS A MAJOR PROB.

2574 days ago
54.

Susan B    

Hannah: How hateful you are..... Adopted children are special........they are chosen. Nicole and her parents are blessed to have found each other.

Your blog says so much about you. I am so offended by your statements.

2574 days ago
55.

lulu    

I am 26, married, working full-time, college educated, and have one child. I am happy.

No one calls me a kid. They expect me to be responsible. I still have a life, full of fun. Just because I am an adult at age 26 with responsibility does not mean life is bad. It is normal. I have balance. ...a time and place for everything..

Tired of hearing 25 yr olds referred to as kids, "She is just a kid and kids go clubbing and drive drunk, it is a passage for many youth." Not/That is the problem.

2574 days ago
56.

gardner    

oh my god, i really wouldn't want that fugly joel to be my baby daddy...!

2574 days ago
57.

lulu    

I meant, since Nicole and Paris have the money and family support to do anything, why not an education or at least travel to broaden their mindsets from clubbing. They have the money to make healthy choices easily.

They have options they r sitting on or smoking or toking away.

I pray now for Nicole and her unborn child, the first 3 months are so important for the baby's cognitive and physical development. Drug and alcohol exposure, and inadequate nutrition really impair normal growth during the first three months. Hope those elements are not an issue.

U can not b pregnant and just think about yourself so I hope that is Nicole's new outlook, to take the baby into consideration.

2574 days ago
58.

Robin    

I applaud Lionel. Yes this is his child but the child is a grown ass woman. Our children are not always a reflection of us.. As Lionel said. If cameras/paps were around durning his days with the Commodores things for him would have been different. Who wants anyone to know who they r dating or if they r pregnant. U do have to pay the cost of fame. Not worth it to me. I love not having a public life. Nice to be able to pick my nose and no one cares or dissects the process.

2574 days ago
59.

Suny5    

Another blantant example of poor parenting!

2574 days ago
60.

UpsidedownWorld    

"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.""

HUH???? The media IS her career! And I'm sure she's loving all this attention without any concern as to whether it's negative or not. As long as her sneering face gets plastered over everything she's one happy ADULT WOMAN, not a victimized and unfairly scrutinized teenage girl. There's nothing worse for a no-talent media whore like her than to not have some kind of press going on out in the world. It's her life.

Nicole reminds me very much of a lot of young women I know who are VERY AWARE of EVERYTHING they do, and what it will bring for them. She's hardly the victim.

I believe she is very intelligent and bright. Maybe even too bright for her own good. I believe she is extremely calculating and manipulative of everyone around her, including her clueless father. I can only imagine her snidely giggling at all of this because it's all about her, and the attention is the best high she can get (and hopefully the ONLY high right now considering her condition). She was probably pacing the floor waiting for the media to turn its attention back to her while Paris was recently hogging the press.

Nicole has always come across to me as cruel, heartless, and totally self-involved. That "show" she did, The Simple Life, was perfect for her as it allowed her to mock the average family and get paid for it to boot. That's her forte, snarling at the world. Well, right back at ya.

So go on Lionel and blame the media for your daughter's situation. Or maybe you could pull your head out and start holding Nicole accountable for what Nicole does as would be the case with any 26 year old ADULT woman?

2574 days ago
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