“Mean Girls” actress catches a break in her legal entanglement over jewelry theft and probation violation
(Update, 1:00 p.m. PT)
Lindsay Lohan has released a statement about her sentence of 120 days' house arrest, which she received from Judge Stephanie Sautner on Wednesday morning. Lohan claims that she holds heself "accountable for being in this situation." Not surprisingly, she also wishes that the media would focus its attention elsewhere.
Lohan's full statement reads, “I am glad to be able to put this past me and move on with my life and my career. I support the judge’s decision and hold myself accountable for being in this situation. I have already started my community service at the Downtown Women’s Center and thank everyone there for their warm welcome. I hope to be able to fulfill my obligation without any press attention. I think the media spotlight should be on issues such as homelessness and domestic violence instead of on me.”
Lohan'a attorney, Shawn Holley, added, "Lindsay and I would both like to thank Judge Sautner and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for their fair handling of this case.”
Lindsay Lohan has copped a plea in her latest tangle with the law.
The troubled actress' attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley filed a no contest plea on behalf of her client, who was not present, on Wednesday morning, TMZ reports.
Lohan was accused of violating the probation resulting from her DUI arrests by stealing a necklace from Venice, California, boutique Kamofie and Co.
Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled that Lohan — who was sentenced to 120 days in jail for probation violation in late April — will be allowed to serve her sentence under house arrest, with an electronic monitor (a device that Lohan is familiar with). The troubled actress also has to complete 480 hours of community service — after which, her probation will be terminated.
Lohan received no addition time for the theft.
Lohan will also be required to attend a "shoplifers alternative course," and complete psychological counseling.
During her preliminary hearing in April, Lohan's charge of felony theft was knocked down to a misdemeanor by Judge Sautner.
Holley denied that Lohan was receiving preferential treatment during a post-sentencing press conference. "She is neither requesting or receiving special treatment." Holley said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore concurred, saying that the theft was "a lower-level crime if you will, and it's certainly non-violent. It appears that a person like Ms. Lohan would certainly be eligible for electronic monitoring."
Lohan will still need to be booked into Century Regional Detention Facility so that eligibility for electronic monitoring can be determined.
In the meantime, TMZ has obtained Lohan's probation report, and to the surprise of perhaps absolutely no one, her probation officer opines that Lohan's drug use is to blame for her current woes.
"Substance abuse is the root of the defendant's problems," the report, which recommends six months in jail for Lohan, reads.