LiLo's dad calls ex wife's claims of rape and abuse 'defamatory'

New York, Jan. 10 (ANI): Lindsay Lohan's dad Michael, who was accused of rape and abuse by the troubled actress' mother, has sent his former wife Dina a cease-and-desist letter calling her allegations "defamatory" and threatening legal action if they persist.

He also accused Dina of tormenting him with text messages since her allegations were published in a front page story on Monday, the New York Daily News reported.

Dina, 50, had previously said that Michael had punched her in the face in a 1986 argument that left her with a black eye.

She also claimed that he had raped her on Valentine's Day in 1990, at her parents' house, after she refused to take him back.

Dina asserted that the domestic abuse had taken its toll and formed "the root" of their famous daughter's highly publicized personal woes. (ANI)