Lindsay Lohan out on $75,000 bail, pending trial
The actress was hauled into a Los Angeles County jail on Friday after a judge found her in violation of her probation for a previous drunk-driving offense. She spent nearly five hours in custody, leaving at 9:20 p.m. after $75,000 bail was posted, L.A. Now reports.
The short stint at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood came after L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled that Lohan had violated her probation when she failed to return a $2,500 necklace to a Venice jewelry store. Sautner noted that even if the necklace was taken accidentally, Lohan didn't attempt to return it until after she heard about a police search warrant.
As punishment for the parole violation, Lohan was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service at a downtown women's center and the Los Angeles County morgue. The actress has said she will appeal the sentence.
A bail bondsman reportedly posted the cash for the "Mean Girls" star, TMZ reports.
Sautner ordered the 24-year-old, who is due back in court May 11 for a hearing, to stand trial on the theft charge in June. On the upside, the judge dropped the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, which means Lohan would face a year or less behind bars if convicted.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Danette Meyers said she hoped to get Sautner's charge-reduction overturned. "The judge abused her discretion in this case," Meyers told Times reporter Andrew Blankstein. "It was a felony filing because the defendant was on probation. ... She has violated on numerous occasions ... the evidence was incredibly strong."
This latest wave of legal trouble comes on the heels of recent Lohan casting news. She will play Kim Gotti in the upcoming John Gotti biopic "Gotti: Three Generations," starring John Travolta.
-- Emily Christianson
Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives for a hearing at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday. Credit: Phil McCarten / Reuters