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Lindsay Lohan's lawyer blasts detectives' handling of battery case

January 5, 2011 |  7:09 am

LohanLindsay Lohan's attorney blasted Riverside County sheriff's detectives for publicly releasing information about their investigation into an altercation involving the star at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Desert.

Authorities said they believe Lohan violated her probation during the incident and have asked Riverside County prosecutors to consider charging Lohan with battery.

But in a statement, her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, questioned why officials were discussing the case.

"The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established," she said. But going "outside this limited role to issue a press statement … about what should happen in Ms. Lohan's case is highly unusual and deeply troubling."

Authorities said sheriff's investigators probably will send a copy of their investigation later this week to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, which is supervising Lohan's probation on a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence.

A worker at the clinic claims Lohan attacked her but she later told authorities she wanted to drop the allegation.

"Regardless of whether the victim is cooperating, we believe there is a case here to press charges … and the investigation determined Ms. Lohan violated several aspects of her probation," said Sgt. David Florez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, which patrols Palm Desert. "Obviously, the battery is one violation. We aren't going to discuss the other violations at this point."

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Photo: Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley (right) with Lindsay Lohan in July 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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