Poor Lisa Robin Kelly. Fans of That '70s Show were shocked to hear that the actress, who once played Topher Grace's older sister, Laurie Forman, died from cardiac arrest on Wednesday. She had long been battling drug and alcohol addiction, and her depressing train of mugshots, showing her more and more disheveled and distressed with each one, was a huge red flag about how much trouble she was in. But she had recently checked into a rehab facility, and her agent said that she was determined to slay her demons once and for all. The drug and alcohol demon is incredibly difficult to slay -- but so is the bad partner demon. And Lisa looks like she may have had that too.
Lisa had been married to Robert Gilliam, but they got divorced last year. It sounds like the polar opposite of a healthy relationship. Both of them had been arrested for assault on each other -- a mere month after getting married. And Gilliam was eventually jailed on assault charges for battering Lisa.
But apparently the two were still in contact. Lisa's new boyfriend even went so far as to blame Lisa's drinking relapse on her ex-husband -- saying they had gotten into a huge fight over That '70s Show residuals.
But TMZ is reporting that Gilliam is blaming Lisa's recent troubles on her new boyfriend. It was the boyfriend who helped Lisa check into a California rehab facility on Monday, but according to Gilliam, she really wanted to get away from him. Gilliam reportedly told TMZ:
He's trying to cover his own ass. In the last two weeks, she called me 22 times to get away from him.
Gilliam says he offered to help rescue her, but only if she checked into a rehab facility close to where HE lived, in North Carolina. She apparently agreed and Gilliam was working to get her out when she unexpectedly died.
The boyfriend says these claims are untrue and that it was years of abuse at the hands of Gilliam that caused Lisa's drinking demons.
Who knows what the truth is here, but one thing is for sure: Lisa may have been better off being single. Someone with alcohol issues can easily be triggered by stress and these relationships are sounding pretty stressful.
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