Lindsay furiously tweeted that while growing up he "verbally/literally HURT my mother, brothers, sister Aliana ... why, i ask u?"
But perhaps remorse or caution made her reconsider because a few hours later the actress, 23, removed the post.
She didn't give an explanation but wrote: "My father just sent me this as I was leaving my gym 'I told you to stop Linds this is the last time... and take down the tweet about me HURTING MOM.. U will be getting a call from SOMEBODY today to end you.'
Michael told the gossip website X17 Thursday that Lindsay likely posted the abuse claim to retaliate against him for his recent attempts to get her to go back to rehab. (He told TMZ he also feared she was going to wind up like Brittany Murphy or DJ AM.)
"What Lindsay is saying on Twitter is nothing more than nonsense. As far as the ex father comment, maybe she's divorcing me today, but she'll remarry me once she gets her life back. I hope everyone can see that now she's really crying out for help."
"Obviously she realizes that I'm serious about getting her into rehab," he continued. "She's beginning to panic because I've been contacting people around her, as well as attorneys of my own, to take measures to get her the help she needs."