Lindsay Lohan is ''not in a good place''.

The troubled actress recently claimed she attacked by Christian LaBella after she confronted him for taking pictures of her in a New York City hotel room but her close pal Claus Hjelmbak, who was present when the incident occured, says Lindsay is having a tough time because people keep taking advantage of her.

He told E! News: ''She's not in a good place. But it's not because of health issues. She's not in a good place, because people around her keep throwing her under the bus.''

Claus claims Lindsay - who has spent time in rehab and jail - is just a ''sweet girl'' who people take advantage of and says she was horrified that someone would take pictures of her in a private setting.

He explained: ''Lindsay is a sweet girl and is very open and nice when people come over and talk. In this case, she thought it was somebody her friends know.

''She was visibly shaken already at that point [when she discovered the pictures]. She was shocked. At that moment, you feel betrayed when you are in a private space and you realise someone has documented the entire night on the phone.''

Police didn't charge Christian, saying there was no evidence a crime had taken place, and Claus wishes people would focus on her work rather than her complicated personal life.

He said: ''Look at her art. And stop focusing so much on her private life. That would be a big help to her getting back to a really good place.''