Lindsay Lohan not on drugs, is a ‘victim,’ her attorney says
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Lindsay Lohan, who faces charges in New York and Santa Monica, is a ‘victim’ and was not on drugs at the time of her latest arrest, her attorney said.
Lohan was charged Thursday with three misdemeanors for allegedly lying to Santa Monica police in connection with a June traffic accident on Pacific Coast Highway.
The charges came hours after the ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘The Parent Trap’ actress was arrested in New York on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, after she allegedly punched a woman in the face at Club Avenue in Manhattan’s fashionable meatpacking district.
Her attorney in that case denied the actress did anything wrong.
‘Once again, Lindsay Lohan is a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame,’ New York attorney Mark Heller said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. ‘From my initial investigation, I am completely confident that this case will be concluded favorably and that Lindsay will be totally exonerated.’
Separately, Heller told E! Entertainment: ‘She was certainly not intoxicated, certainly not under the influence of drugs. She was clear [and] lucid, her eyes were clear. No alcohol involvement whatsoever on this occasion.’
Santa Monica prosecutors weighed charges against Lohan for weeks after police said they found evidence that she lied when she told law enforcement officers she was not behind the wheel of a Porsche that collided with a dump truck.
She was charged Thursday with obstructing an investigation, giving false information to an officer and reckless driving.
The charges in the Santa Monica case mean an automatic revocation of her 2011 probation in connection with a conviction for shoplifting from a Venice jewelry store. Lohan has already been sent to jail several times for violating the terms of her probation, but she eventually complied with the rules set down by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner.
More recently, the 26-year-old actress has been spending time in New York, where she has been part of several law enforcement investigations. In September, the actress claimed she was choked by a political aide in a New York hotel room. Charges against the man were dropped.
She was then the subject of an investigation in which she was accused of clipping a man with her car outside another Manhattan nightclub. No charges were filed in that case.
In October, police were called to a reported domestic disturbance at Lohan’s mother’s home in Mineola, N.Y., after she had been arguing with her mother. The incident did not result in any arrests or prosecutions.
Thursday’s incident occurred inside Club Avenue. Police said Lohan was sitting inside a black SUV when officers arrived and arrested her about 4 a.m.
Lohan was not injured and the alleged victim, whose injuries were not disclosed, refused medical treatment at the scene, officials said.
-- Andrew Blankstein