Lohan’s London play role cited as key to recovery _lowres

In this Sept. 2, 2012, file photo, Lindsay Lohan arrives for the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 at a venue in central London. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

The parents of troubled actor Lindsay Lohan are urging their daughter to sue U.S. Sen. John Kennedy for "slanderous" comments he made last week in Washington D.C., according to a Gossip Cop report.

During a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing last week, members of Congress expressed bewilderment that credit reporting company Equifax, under siege after a data breach affecting more than 145 million people, has received a $7.25 million contract with the IRS to validate the identity of taxpayers communicating with the agency on the telephone or through its website.

The contract was the source of consternation in House and Senate hearings. Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee also demanded answers to a series of questions they submitted to the agency's commissioner.

"You realize, to many Americans right now, that looks like we're giving Lindsay Lohan the keys to the mini-bar," Kennedy asked former Equifax CEO Richard Smith.

Lohan's father, Michael, called the crack "inappropriate, slanderous and unwarranted.”

"How dare he associate Lindsay with this case," Michael Lohan told Gossip Cop. "Tell me, does he have a family member or friend with a former addiction problem? Wow, and he’s a senator?"

Lohan herself appeared to fire back at the senator's comments in a tweet.

A spokesman for Kennedy didn't respond to the Washington Post's request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.