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Moments in bad Hollywood parenting

Britney Spears
By Rachel Abramowitz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

While Mommy Chic rages in Hollywood, Britney Spears is holding up the inglorious counter-tradition of . . . er . . . questionable Hollywood parenting.

First she was snapped by the paparazzi holding her baby on her lap while she drove, and last month she had to face the wrath of the judge adjudicating her custody dispute with ex-hubby Kevin Federline who ruled, “Based on the evidence presented, the Court finds that there is a habitual, frequent, and continuous use of controlled substances by Petitioner Spears.” Spears was ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing, and to get a parenting coach. This week, per the judge’s ruling, Spears lost physical custody of her kids to her ex, Federline, until further notice.

A look at other highlights -- make that lowlights -- in Hollywood parenting. (WireImage)
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

The “30 Rock” star shocked the public when he left a profane, vitriolic voice mail for his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig” for missing a scheduled phone call with him. “I don’t care that you’re 12 or 11 or whatever,” he railed, “I’m a good father, and you’re a pig.” He later apologized on “The View.” (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
John Phillips
John Phillips

Daughter Mackenzie Phillips (best known for the sitcom “One Day at a Time”) alleged that her pops, leader of the rock group the Mamas & the Papas, introduced her to pot at 10 and cocaine at 17, going so far as to tie a tourniquet on her arm, and plunging in a syringe of liquid cocaine.

Phillips told an interviewer: “He shot me up. It was the first time I had ever become high that way. To any normal, decent person reading this, that probably sounds horrific. But dad didn’t know any better. To him it was all part of being cool, being a 1960s dude. I paid the price for that. For years I felt bitter, but I forgave him on his deathbed.” (Associated Press)
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford

The Oscar-winning star of “Mildred Pierce” came to define bad Hollywood parenting when her adopted daughter, Christina, published her bestselling book “Mommie Dearest,” in which she detailed her mother’s physical and emotional abuse.

According to the younger Crawford, Crawford once tried to strangle her: “I lost my footing and fell into the floor, hitting my head on the ice chest as I went down. She banged my head on the floor, tightening her grip around my throat. . . . Her eyes were the eyes of a killer animal, glistening with excitement. I gasped for air and felt myself sinking into unconsciousness. . . . All I could think of was that my own mother was trying to kill me.” (A&E)
Woody Allen
Woody Allen

During her custody battle with the Manhattan auteur, actress and former girlfriend Mia Farrow alleged that Allen sexually molested their 7-year-old adopted daughter Malone, a charge that the presiding judge later concluded was inconclusive. This said, the judge declared Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s then-22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn “inappropriate.” (The Farrow-Allen relationship had fallen apart when Farrow discovered naked photos Allen had taken of the young woman.)

Farrow ultimately won the custody battle, and the judge in the case deemed Allen “self-absorbed, untrustworthy and insensitive” and wrote that the filmmaker “demonstrated no parenting skills that would qualify him as an adequate custodian.”

Still, the three-time Academy Award winner remained unrepentant about the incident with Soon-Yi, whom he later married, telling Vanity Fair in 2002, that Farrow finding the incriminating photographs was “just one of the fortuitous events, one of the great pieces of luck in my life. . . . It was a turning point for the better.” (Franco Origlia / Getty Images)
Ryan O’Neal
Ryan O’Neal

Last February, the 66-year old “Love Story” star was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for discharging a gun during a fight with his 42-year-old son, Griffin. Charges were later dropped after prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence, and O’Neal told this newspaper that he fired the weapon in an attempt to scare off his son who was swinging a fireplace poker at him.

Griffin’s sister, Tatum, later weighed in on “Entertainment Tonight,” “No matter what my dad is saying in the press, Griffin was not trying to start a fight with him. He was attempting to protect Redmond [Ryan’s son with actress Farrah Fawcett].”

This was the second publicized altercation between father and son -- in 1984, Griffin O’Neal told People magazine how his own drug-addled behavior had provoked Ryan O’Neal to slug him in the mouth, knocking out two front teeth.

In her book, “A Paper Life,” Oscar-winner Tatum O’Neal also alleged physical and emotional abuse by her dad. Ryan O’Neal has denied his daughter’s claims. (Tatum O’Neal also had her own battle with drugs, and in 1998, her 7-year-old daughter found a syringe in the apartment. Afterward, Tatum O’Neal lost custody of her kids to her ex-husband John McEnroe.)

Pictured: Ryan and Tatum in 1973 film “Paper Moon.” (Paramount Pictures)
Courtney Love
Courtney Love

The Hole frontwoman and actress has lost custody of her daughter with Kurt Cobain, not once but twice. The first time came just weeks after Frances Bean’s birth in 1992, sparked by allegations run in Vanity Fair, that Love had admitted using heroin during her pregnancy. Love has said that she didn’t know she was pregnant at the time. After an investigation by child protective authorities, the baby was returned to Love.

In 2003, Love was rushed to the hospital after she overdosed on painkillers, and eight days later, Bean -- who was in the house when her mom OD’d, was removed again by child services and placed with Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor. Love got Frances Bean back in 2005 after completing state-mandated rehab. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images)
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