Lohan Pleads Not Guilty in Lying to Cops Case
DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) — Attorney Shawn Holley appeared on behalf of Lindsay Lohan at an arraignment Tuesday, despite being fired by the actress on Monday.
Holley entered a not guilty plea for the actress, 26, who did not attend the hearing.
Lohan is accused of lying to police in connection with a car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica last summer.
She had been on probation from a 2011 shoplifting case, but it was revoked last month after the new charges came down.
The starlet allegedly told police that she was not behind the wheel of her Porsche when it slammed into the back of a truck.
The Santa Monica district attorney’s office slapped her with misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police from performing their duties.
On Tuesday, Holley told the judge that she was continuing to represent Lohan “at this point.”
“The representation issue will be nailed down,” Holley promised the judge.
A pretrial hearing, which Lohan must attend, was set for January 30. A hearing date will also be set then on the probation violation.
The judge set a trial date of February 27 in the car crash case.
There had been some question as to who would represent Lohan in court on Tuesday.
On Monday, TMZ revealed that Lohan’s New York lawyer Mark Heller — who is not licensed in California — fired off a letter of termination to Holley.
Holley had reportedly been in the process of working out a plea deal for Lohan that involved agreeing to attend rehab.
If no one had appeared on Lohan’s behalf, a bench warrant could have been issued for her arrest.
The case is just one in a long list of legal trouble for the actress, who has been in and out of court 20 times and to rehab facilities five times since 2007.
In November, she was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a woman at a Manhattan nightclub. Heller is representing her in that case.
Earlier this month, prosecutors in New York said they weren’t ready to bring charges against Lohan in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation.