A few days after confirming that she’s set to play “reality star” Dina Lohan in a Lifetime series, actress Brett Butler is now facing an unexpected backlash: She’s reportedly set to be homeless as she’s unable to pay her bills.
The 47-year-old performer, whose film credits include “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “The Craft,” has a reported $28,000 in outstanding loans, according to TMZ. They allege that Butler’s landlord is about to evict her and that an eviction date has been set for this week, saying that the actress’ landlord hasn’t paid her rent in the past.
For its part, the show’s producer describes Butler as a “lovely lady” whom they cast based on her page on YouTube, and not “Dina Lohan” or “reality star.” “They have not met yet!” Lifetime said. “We want Dina in the show, we are so excited about working with her, and are sticking with the show.”
Butler also told TMZ that she has “credentials and credibility” and “a lot of money” and that her debt issues have been mounting over the years “because of sex stuff.”
Her latest opponent is Nipsey Hussle, a rapper and two-time entrepreneur who also works as a motivational speaker and entertainment lawyer.
In a lengthy response to Butler’s revelation that she’d signed on to play the Lohan character – described as a “work-from-home mom,” with apparent links to reality television, taxes and money woes – Hussle offered his own possible role model-turn-potential bummer: Francis Ford Coppola.
“Who is America?,” Nipsey wrote. “Do you even know who was responsible for the art you are trying to take pride in!!! Francis Ford Coppola. Do you know his 3 kids were all still living in the same apartment after he passed??? He was the greatest director of all time, and 2 of his kids were homeless once. That b*tch should stick to acting and focus on being awesome.”
(It should be noted that Butler’s father, Ken Butler, is the actor who played hot shot lawyer Horace Hoyt on “Law & Order.”)
At the very least, it’s clear that Butler can’t count on some of the “Grace Under Fire” guest stars to help her. Former “Bachelorette” star Ashley Iaconetti tweeted her thoughts on the actress’ publicized gig: “She’s such a good actress but this is just the worst possible portrayal of someone like Dina,” Iaconetti wrote. “To go all that extra to make Dina look bad? Please don’t.”
Butler’s personal life has been public over the years – her last big film role was in “Terms of Endearment” in 1988. Then in 2011, a photo emerged of Butler breastfeeding her daughter at the age of 47. (She followed that up with a stellar performance in the television series “Hot Pursuit,” but was unable to get the show renewed for a second season.)
For her part, Butler seems ready to poke fun at the controversy. On Monday, she posted on Instagram: “Celebrity life is full of pitfalls I wish I could just forget, but unfortunately I’m still reeling from the public struggle of a former reality star being cast in the new Lifetime series that’s coming out soon.”