The embattled father of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan walked out of Hillsborough County's Orient Road Jail just after 6 p.m. Wednesday and told a throng of reporters he's innocent of charges he battered his ex-girlfriend.
"God knows what happened," Michael Lohan said. "I know what happened, and Kate (Major) knows what happened. I didn't lay a hand on her. I did not hurt her."
He repeatedly told reporters he was innocent and said this is how Major makes her money, getting him arrested and then selling the story. Major, 28, is a former reporter for The Star tabloid.
Lohan was arrested early Tuesday on domestic battery charges. He was accused of beating up Major, his on-again, off-again girlfriend.
"I didn't do anything; I got witnesses," said Lohan, who also said Major has all his belongings, including his clothes, jewelry and computers, at their apartment.
"Now I can't even get in there to get it," Lohan said.
After speaking to reporters outside the jail for a few minutes, Lohan encouraged reporters to meet him at the Tahitian Inn on Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, if they wanted to continue the conversation.
At the hotel, he told reporters that he feels bad for Major.
"She panics and when she's in a bad place, and she feels she has no money," Lohan said. "And I was wrong. I said, 'I'm not gonna take care of anything any more.' And she was kind of stuck here by herself in Tampa with no money and she didn't want anyone to know."
Michael Lohan was granted bail Wednesday morning, but a judge ruled that he wouldn't be released from jail until after 6 p.m. He spent two nights in jail without bail because domestic violence defendants automatically are held without bail until their first court appearance.
Judge Walter Heinrich Jr. had ordered Lohan held until authorities could find out whether a warrant had been issued out of Sarasota County involving an injunction for protection sought by Kate Major. She had received a temporary injunction against Lohan ordering him to have no contact with her.
Heinrich set bail at $5,000, and cautioned Lohan against having any contact with Major, who wasn't at the hearing.
"You even dream of her," Heinrich told Lohan, "and you're going to jail."
Police arrested Lohan on Tuesday after officers were called to a condominium complex in West Tampa.
Major told police the two had been arguing over sex. She said he squeezed her arms and pushed her several times, knocking her to the ground, the arrest report states. She said she was bruised but refused medical treatment.
Lohan's lawyer said his client will fight the charges.
"We'll defend all the allegations and we're going to be denying everything," said Sarasota defense attorney Michael Perry.