One day after getting early release from rehab, actress gets second chance from new judge in her case
Lindsay Lohan will be spending the next two months at home according to a Beverly Hills judge.
Less than 24 hours after the actress’ release from rehab at UCLA, Judge Elden Fox said he is putting her on 67 days at-home supervised probation in Los Angeles as well as a plethora of substance abuse tests and therapy sessions.
The judge made it very clear to the courtroom that if Lohan was to miss or fail a single substance abuse test, it would constitute a violation of her probation and result in 30 days in the L.A. County Jail.
As expected, Lohan was not present in court on Wednesday.
Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, told TheWrap after the 20-minute hearing that she was "extremely pleased" with the judge's decisions.
Under her new probation requirements, Lohan must reside at home in Los Angeles, attend psychotherapy sessions four times a week, 12-step programs five times a week, submit to two random drug tests a week as well as attend various other therapeutic sessions. Lohan's probation progress will be reviewed on November 1, at which time if she has successfully completed the probation, she will no longer be supervised and be allowed to reside in or out of California.
Judge Fox formally told the court Wednesday morning that he issued a ruling 5:00 p.m. Tuesday allowing Lohan to be released Tuesday night.
Lindsay, according Holley, is "very serious about her sobriety." The smiling attorney, who seemed relaxed for the first time in the Lohan legal saga, added, "She has learned her lesson and is going to move forward in a positive manner."
Lohan was sentenced to 90 day behind bars and 90 days in an in-patient treatment program by Judge Marsha Revel, who later recused herself from the case after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office raised some concerns about her conduct, on July 6 for probation violation stemming from the actress’ two 2007 drunk driving arrests. Lindsay entered the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif. on July 20 and was released a mere two weeks later on Aug 2 due to prison overcrowding, good behavior and the non-violent nature of her crime. She was immediately transferred to UCLA, where she detoxed from her heavy prescription medication intake and, according to doctors there, successfully began a recovery treatment program.
After a convoluted day of announced and then cancelled court rulings, media rumors and back door exits, Lohan was allowed to slip out of UCLA late on the afternoon of Aug. 24.
In many ways the timing of Tuesday’s release from rehab could not have been better for Lohan.
It allows a clean and sober Lindsay to show a skeptical Hollywood that she is a team player by jumping in and helping to promote “Machete.” The Robert Rodriguez grindhouse homage, that the once acclaimed actress has a small role in, comes out on Sept. 3.
Simultaneously, the cash strapped Lindsay — whose only upcoming film project currently is the Linda Lovelace biopic “Inferno” — can make some quick dollars with lucrative exclusive interviews and promotional payouts. “The people around Lindsay believe this is the opportunity she can use to turn around her career and get her back in the red,” a person familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
In the days between her sentencing on July 6 and before she went to jail on July 20, Team Lohan (reportedly lead by her mother Dina) got Lindsay in front of the camera for a number of photo shoots for GQ and other publications. They also moved to lock in post-jail/rehab confessional print and TV sitdowns for the 24-year old actress.
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