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Beverly Hills judge rips Lindsay Lohan for failing to appear in court

Lindsay Lohan got a tongue-lashing Thursday from an L.A. County judge after the actress failed to appear in court for a hearing, instead remaining in France at the Cannes Film Festival.

While dozens of reporters and camera crews converged on the Beverly Hills courthouse, Lohan was in France after a week of red-carpet premieres and yacht parties, her moves captured by the paparazzi.

The actress was scheduled for a mandatory court appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court so a judge could review the status of her probation from a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence.

When Lohan didn’t show up, a clearly frustrated Judge Marsha N. Revel issued an arrest warrant for the 23-year-old performer.

“Actions speak louder than words. I’ve heard the best words in the world, but the actions are far more important,” Revel said. “She has a history of not keeping scheduled appointments.”

Shawn Chapman Holley, Lohan’s attorney, told the judge that her client was stuck in France because her passport was stolen but that she now had a temporary passport. Holley said she expects Lohan to return Friday.

Revel seemed skeptical. “If she wanted to be here, it looks to the court that she could have been here,” the judge said. “But right now that’s irrelevant. She was ordered to be here. ... There’s really no valid excuse.”

After the hearing, it appeared likely either that authorities would arrest Lohan when she arrived in Los Angeles or that her attorney would immediately have the actress surrender to a law enforcement agency. But Thursday afternoon, officials announced that Lohan’s attorney had posted 10% of her $100,000 bail and that the arrest warrant had been recalled.

The actress is now scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Revel said she will recommend that new conditions be imposed, including that Lohan not drink alcohol, that she wear a device to measure any alcohol in her system and that she submit to random drugs tests at least weekly. The judge said the drug testing is appropriate because Lohan’s 2007 case also involved cocaine use.

Revel ordered that a probation revocation hearing be set on whether Lohan had failed to comply with a required alcohol treatment program. The judge said that Lohan had not followed her order to get court approval before missing alcohol treatment classes and that the actress had previously flouted treatment requirements. Lohan has already had her probation extended a year.

Chapman Holley said her client was substantially in compliance on treatment and completed most of the required classes. In a report to the court, the treatment program provider said Lohan was in compliance with program requirements.

richard.winton@latimes.com


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