Officials on Wednesday removed Lindsay Lohan’s ankle bracelet and electronic monitoring system, formally releasing the actress from her much-chronicled 35-day house arrest.
Steve Whitmore, an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said a technician for the monitoring company went to the actress’ Venice home about 9:40 a.m. and removed the bracelet by 10:30 a.m.
“She is now under the supervision of probation,” Whitmore said. “It took about 15 minutes to remove the equipment from her and her home.”
Lohan was placed under house arrest after she was convicted of stealing a necklace from a local jewelry store and for violating terms of her probation. She’d been on probation in a driving-under-the-influence case.
Her house arrest wasn’t without controversy.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner — annoyed with paparazzi photos that appeared to show Lohan partying on the rooftop patio of her beachfront home — told the actress last week that she could no longer entertain more than one guest at a time while under house arrest.
Lohan had been in court after a probation report said she had failed a June 13 alcohol test. But Sautner ruled that a failed alcohol test did not violate Lohan’s probation and that the testing requirement had ended months earlier.
Lohan is due to appear in a movie about gangster John Gotti.