Bodyguards flanked Dina Lohan, 42, as she entered the courtroom Wednesday while court officers escorted Michael Lohan, 45, who is being allowed to leave his cell at the Nassau County Correctional Center for the trial, New York's Newsday reported.
In closing the trial to all outsiders, Supreme Court Judge Robert Ross cited "cruel, intolerable and dysfunctional" attempts by Michael Lohan and others to capitalize on the family's troubles, Newsday said.
Attorneys for both sides told the judge the Lohan children would be hurt if shocking revelations they planned to reveal about the other were reported in the media.
A gag order was also issued, barring either party or their attorneys from commenting on the case, Newsday said.
Michael Lohan, who is incarcerated for driving under the influence as well as other charges, has been pitching a reality show called "Living with the Lohans: Over or Starting Over," Newsday said. He even brought cameras with him to his criminal case.