Lindsay Lohan ordered to answer drug-use questions in civil case
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Lindsay Lohan has a little more explaining to do for a civil suit related to a 2007 car chase, a judge decided Thursday.
Lohan will have to sit for an additional two hours under oath to answer questions not addressed in a previous deposition, including whether she was using drugs the day of the incident. During the May 4 deposition, according to papers obtained by TMZ, Lohan invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer.
The plaintiff’s attorney has made the case, according to TMZ, that self-incrimination isn’t a problem, as the criminal part of the case is over, with Lohan having pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A cocaine possession charge was dropped.
Lohan is being sued for assault, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Tracie Rice, the mother of Lohan’s former assistant, who was driving the car the actress was chasing the night of her first DUI arrest.
‘This case is about somebody who claims to be sober and had cocaine and blew a DUI for alcohol,’ Paul Hoffman told the Associated Press, making the point that the drug-use information could be crucial to a jury deciding the civil case.
Lohan attorney Ed McPherson called the request, which he said his client will honor, ‘a bit of overkill’ aimed at embarrassing LiLo.
The judge is OK with holding off the deposition until after Lohan’s July 6 court appearance regarding alleged probation violations; the civil case will go to trial in late July.
-- Christie D'Zurilla