Lohan Takes Plea Deal, Dad Yells at Attorney
That was the advice to Lindsay Lohan from a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge as he sentenced the actress Monday to 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility for reckless driving and lying about driving a Porsche that crashed on Pacific Coast Highway.
Judge James Dabney said that was his advice — not a court directive.
Dabney’s suggestion may be based on Lohan’s driving record. Monday’s no-contest plea was the latest in a series of convictions and arrests for the actress that began with a DUI conviction related to 2007 drunk-driving incident.
She has also been sued by several motorists she has struck in the last six years.
Lohan avoided jail in a last-minute deal by pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges related to a June 2012 car crash.
In addition to spending 90 days in a rehabilitation facility, the “Mean Girls” star, 26, must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy and serve 30 days of community service as part of the agreement.
She pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police. A charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed.
In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.
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. A five-day jail sentence for reckless driving was included in the rehab sentence.
Lohan was also ordered to pay restitution to the driver of the truck that Santa Monica prosecutors said she hit June 18 while on her way to the set of “Liz & Dick.”
Lohan’s father, Michael, 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.
“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.