Jay McGuiness of The Wanted Sticks Up For His Band’s Most Troubled Fan: “Free Lindsay!”

Looks like Lindsay Lohan has an unexpected ally in her corner. Surprising fans, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness wore a “Free Lindsay” t-shirt on stage, making a statement about the plight of the troubled former teen star.

The T-shirt was his own design, says the 22-year-old British pop star. “I’m a little bit of an artist, so I got the old sharpie out,” he explained recently. “After a small scuffle that went down, I felt very sorry for her. I wanted to cheer her up and I think she said she liked it, right?”
The “scuffle,” as he calls it, was the now-infamous November 29th fight between Lohan and a fellow patron of Avenue, a club in New York City.

Lohan was arrested, and has been dealing with the fallout ever since. “At 4 am we responded to club Avenue on 10th Avenue,” Detective Mark Nell of the NYPD said of the incident. “There was a 26-year-old white female who assaulted a 28-year-old white female. Lindsay Lohan was arrested, and charged with assault.”

The incident followed a night at The Wanted/Justin Bieber concert at Madison Square Garden, which Lindsay attended with her younger sister Ali.

The Wanted was in the club when the brawl broke out, and McGuiness says the incident was sort of…confusing, but it didn’t stop the fun. “It’s a bit of a blur actually,” he remembered. “We actually carried on partying after that. It was reported that [the fight] was about [bandmate] Max [George], but I don’t think it actually was.”

Nevertheless, the boy-bander had nothing but positive things to say about the troubled “Liz and Dick” star. “[Lohan] was a total sweetheart on the night, so our experience [with her] is quite positive.”

The unfortunate incident is simply the latest in a long line of legal issues for Lindsay, who according to Us Magazine has been in rehab five times, arrested seven times now, and spent 20,274 minutes (or 337 hours) in jail over the last several years.

This scuffle follows Lindsay’s latest pledge to stay on the straight-and-narrow, just weeks ago. “I want to be known as an actress, not a troubled starlet,” she said in mid-November. “I have it tattooed: ‘Live Without Regrets.’ I’m not saying I wanted to go to a jail cell, but I’ve drawn from all of it.”

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