Actress Lindsay Lohan ordered to jail for violating probation [Updated]
[Updated at 9:50 a.m.: During a brief hearing, Judge Elden Fox said he had issued a bench warrant for Lohan based on a probation report "indicating a positive test for a controlled substance."
Fox said he needed further information from probation officials on Lohan's condition before a revocation hearing could be held. He then ordered Lohan into custody without bail and set an Oct. 22 court date.
Lohan's attorney asked to be heard on the issue of bail but the judge declined.
As Lohan was handcuffed, the 24-year-old actress turned to look at her mother. Lohan appeared tense but otherwise showed no emotion as she was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.]
Under the terms of her probation, if Lohan missed a drug test or got a positive result, she could face 30 days in jail. But it was ultimately the decision of the judge whether to send Lohan to jail or try another round of drug treatment.
Lohan was ordered back to court after failing a drug test last week, a month after being released from jail for violating her parole in a drunk driving case.
Her legal woes date back to 2007, when she was arrested twice over a three-month period for driving under the influence. She ultimately pleaded no contest and agreed to attend alcohol education classes.
But prosecutors alleged she failed to attend the required number of sessions, ultimately landing her back in court before Superior Court Judge Marsha N. Revel in Beverly Hills. Before her sentencing in July, Lohan insisted that she believed she had been in compliance with the terms of her probation and wasn’t trying to get special treatment from the judge.
"I'm not taking this as a joke. It's my life. It's my career.... I take responsibility for my actions," she told the court. "I've tried to do the best I can. It's been such a long haul.... I don't want you to think that I don't respect you," Lohan said at the July hearing.
But Revel admonished the "Mean Girls" and "Freaky Friday" star for repeatedly lying about her role in two drunk driving-related incidents, failing to attend alcohol education classes and not following orders of the judge. Revel noted that Lohan repeatedly refused to admit her culpability by telling authorities that someone else was driving the vehicles involved in drunk driving accidents.
Revel pointed out that when a white substance was found in Lohan's pants and Lohan tested positive for the drug, the actress claimed the pants belonged to someone else even though they turned out to be "her favorite pants."
In the end, Revel brushed aside tearful pleas from Lohan and sentenced the actress to 90 days in County Jail. Lohan served 13 days in custody before being released to a rehabilitation program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she got out early after spending 23 days there.
Meanwhile, Revel recused herself from the case after prosecutors raised objections about the judge's conduct in the case, including meetings with defense attorneys.
Last week, Lohan admitted she had failed a drug test, setting the stage for the hearing Friday before Judge Fox.
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Beverly Hills Courthouse for a mandatory appearance. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters