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Lindsay Lohan is no-show in Venice

Lindsay Lohan is a no-show at the Venice Film Festival.

The troubled starlet was expected to be at the event to promote her erotic thriller The Canyons, but did not attend.

Director Paul Schrader told a news conference that he was "a free man," adding: "For the last 16 months I've been hostage, by own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress."

Lindsay tweeted before the event: "I wish I could be there to celebrate with you in Venice. Paul Schrader, @braxtonpope, @JamesDeen could not have done it without you."

Neither Paul or Lindsay's publicist gave a reason for the last-minute cancellation.

In the movie, Lindsay plays an LA movie producer who, with her partner, played by adult movie actor James Deen, engages in erotic encounters with couples found on the Internet.

Filmmaker Paul said the Mean Girls star "stepped up very hard" for the role.

Lindsay, 27, has been plagued by legal and substance abuse problems in recent years. She completed her latest court-ordered stay in rehab in July.

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