Lindsay Lohan police reports in Betty Ford Center altercation under review by prosecutors
The Riverside County district attorney’s office is reviewing whether to file battery or other charges against actress Lindsay Lohan related to a Dec. 12 altercation between the "Mean Girls" star and a staffer at the Betty Ford Center.
“We have received most of the reports from the sheriff’s department and we have begun to review the case,” said John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.
He said Palm Desert police are expected to turn over other files in coming days. Riverside County sheriff's detectives have said they believe Lohan violated her probation during the alleged altercation over whether the actress should take an alcohol test.
Detectives have asked prosecutors to consider charging Lohan with battery even though the technician involved has asked that the case be dropped.
"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.
Law enforcement sources said they believe Lohan's failure to comply with the technician's request for a Breathalyzer test is also a potential probation violation.
Lohan's attorney Tuesday questioned why authorities in Palm Desert thought it necessary to issue any kind of statement on her client's probation. Shawn Chapman Holley said she found the police statements “highly unusual and deeply troubling” and that it was not the role of the department to decide her client’s probation status.
She also said her client never consumed alcohol or drugs while at Betty Ford and that her release papers support that statement.
Lohan left the drug treatment center late Monday after completing a three-month, court-ordered stay. In October, over a prosecutor's protests, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox spared the actress jail time after she tested positive for drugs, ordering her to stay at the center through Jan. 3.
Fox warned Lohan that he would put her in jail for six months if she violated probation again. It was her fifth time in rehab, and she has been to jail three times in connection with the case.
But a law enforcement source, who is involved in the case and requested anonymity, said L.A. County probation officials are unlikely to take action against Lohan unless she is convicted in Riverside County.
-- Richard Winton