The troubled American actress was expected to attend to promote her new film The Canyons, in which she plays the girlfriend of a Los Angeles movie producer, but she pulled out at the last minute. Instead, she was spotted out and about in New York.
Speaking at a news conference about working with Lindsay on the film, director Paul Schrader said: "One of her problems as an actor is she has a very hard time faking things. For the last 16 months I've been held hostage, by my own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress.
"She was supposed to be here today, she said she would be, but she is not."
He also declared himself to be a "free man" now he no longer had to work with the star.
Lindsay recently completed a court-mandated rehab stay and revealed, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, that she was making an effort be "really honest" with herself about her issues and her past.