Lindsay Lohan’s latest project, the Lifetime movie ‘Liz and Dick,’ is now the subject of investigation by actors’ and crewmembers’ unions as two crew members have been hospitalized with cases of exhaustion and dehydration.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that SAG [Screen Actors Guild] and IATSE [International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees] are reportedly investigating the ‘Liz and Dick’ production, a new Lifetime film about the lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Just days after Lindsay Lohan was reportedly taken to the hospital for dehydration and exhaustion after being assumed unconscious, two more crew members from the production were taken to the hospital with the same symptoms.
Lohan later clarified that she never went to the hospital, and was only thought to be unconscious as she was asleep and didn’t hear people knocking at her hotel room door.
Lohan’s publicist Steve Honig, however, told KABC-TV that the paramedics who did arrive found Lohan to be suffering from “some exhaustion and dehydration.”
“Lindsay worked a grueling schedule the past few days. She was on set last night at 7 p.m. and worked through the night until 8 a.m. this morning,” said Honig.
Additionally, Lohan’s attorney Shawn Holley said, “As I understand it, she was exhausted after shooting nonstop for two days.”
Lohan tweeted that she had worked “85hours in 4days.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, SAG-AFTRA said, “We're looking into this matter but can't yet provide any verified information.” A spokeswoman added, “Our people are on it.”
An IATSE source said “the business agents are looking into long hours on the production.”
Larry Thompson, producer for ‘Liz and Dick,’ said via a spokesperson that “We have not been contacted by anyone at SAG-AFTRA about any complaint ... [or] by anyone at IATSE about any investigation.”
“We are in total compliance with all guild regulations on ‘Liz & Dick,’” he added.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that union rules limit the number of hours that cast and crew can work and provide for minimum rest periods between one day of work and the next. However, cast and crew members often are reluctant to complain about violations, for fear of being branded as troublemakers and becoming unemployable as a result.
Two members of the hair department from the production were hospitalized with “severe dehydration and exhaustion” according to one insider.