Lindsay Lohan case: Furious dad Michael Lohan yells at attorney


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The drama didn’t end inside the courtroom for Lindsay Lohan on Monday.

After arriving nearly 50 minutes late to court, being hit with glitter on her way inside, and agreeing to an 11th-hour plea deal in which she avoided jail time, the 26-year-old’s father, Michael Lohan, had a heated exchange with her attorney Monday outside a Los Angeles courthouse.

The actress’ attorney, Mark Heller, was telling reporters he was ‘thrilled’ with the result when Michael Lohan approached.


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‘I don’t know what he is still doing here,’ Michael Lohan yelled, repeatedly complaining that Heller nearly got his daughter jailed.

‘He is her lawyer,’ said attorney Anthony Falangetti, who aided Heller in striking the deal.

Michael Lohan then stepped toward Falangetti. ‘I am her father,’ he said before using an expletive, prompting a courthouse deputy to step into the media scrum and direct Michael Lohan back. Lohan also told Heller to ‘go home’ and had to be physically held back.

The elder Lohan later addressed reporters from the same stand of microphones were Heller had stood, claiming the attorney had repeatedly avoided a plea deal. Heller only agreed Monday, Lohan said, because a team of lawyers Michael Lohan had retained had advised him to do so.

But Falangetti, who represents several politicians in criminal investigations and is a courthouse veteran, said he advised Heller on California law and talked to prosecutors along with Heller.


Until last month, Lohan was represented by Shawn Holley, among the region’s top lawyers. Her new attorney, Heller, had previously been reprimanded by Judge James Dabney, who questioned the attorney’s ability to adequately defend the actress in California, given that he did not seem familiar with the state’s criminal-law system.

Last week, Michael Lohan retained an Orange County criminal law firm to assist in his daughter’s defense if needed, saying he was ‘not at all comfortable with the poor representation she is getting’ and that her ‘freedom and future are at stake.’ Michael Lohan and his daughter have a strained relationship that has played out in public, with the actress and her siblings frequently criticizing their father in interviews and on social media.

He was present in the courtroom Monday morning, but his daughter avoided eye contact. She chatted with a bailiff as the lawyers worked out the deal, but did not speak to her father.

The ‘Mean Girls’ star pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police in connection with a June 2012 car crash. A charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed.

In addition to the 90 days in a locked-down rehabilitation facility, Lohan must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy, serve 30 days of community service and pay restitution to the driver of the truck prosecutors said she hit on Pacific Coast Highway.

In pleading no contest to the charges, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case, and Dabney sentenced her to 180 days in jail. But that sentence was stayed -- the judge said if Lohan met the terms of this deal, she wouldn’t serve additional time behind bars.


But the judge warned there wouldn’t be any discussion about probation if she violated the agreement, implying she would be sent to jail.

Heller said his client was ‘extremely gratified with the end result.’ ‘I’m very confident that you won’t be seeing Lindsay Lohan in any criminal courts anytime in the future,’ Heller said outside the courthouse. ‘She has fully recognized all of the issues that have to be addressed and I’m very confident she’ll be able to move forward in her life with dignity, pride and respect.’


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