Lindsay Lohan's alleged assault victim no longer cooperating with authorities
A medical technician at the Betty Ford Center who was allegedly assaulted by actress Lindsay Lohan no longer wants to cooperate with authorities in the case because she sympathizes with a fellow recovering addict’s plight, officials said.
Technician Dawn Holland initially told Palm Desert police that she wanted Lohan charged with battery in the Dec. 12 incident.
But her attorney, Keith Davidson, said Holland now does not want to see the actress punished.
"She no longer wishes to cooperate with authorities in Palm Desert or Los Angeles. ... She believes in the recovery process,” Davidson said. “She wishes Ms. Lohan the best in recovery. Dawn Holland is a recovering addict herself."
The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. when Holland was required to check Lohan's sobriety but was not directly witnessed by anyone else, Davidson said. Holland initially told police that the actress had hurt the technician's wrist.
It was Lohan, who has starred in such movies as “Mean Girls” and “Drama Queen," who called 911, apparently distressed over the incident. Police are continuing to investigate and authorities could still determine that the actress violated her probation.
But Holland's decision could make that more difficult, Davidson acknowledged.
"If it happened on a street corner, nothing would have come of it," he said.
Holland was fired by Betty Ford last week after she spoke to TMZ.com about the incident. The clinic claimed she violated federal medical confidentiality requirements.
Davidson said Holland may still sue the center for wrongful termination because she did nothing but discuss the police report. He said his client has not yet received a written termination.
Neither Lohan nor her associates compensated Holland in any way, he said.
Lohan went to Betty Ford in September after testing positive for drugs while on probation for a 2007 drunk-driving conviction. A judge that same month ordered her to remain there until Jan. 3. The judge warned her that if she violated her probation again, she would have to spend six months in jail.
-- Richard Winton