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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.

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

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

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Leave her alone!

The police have overstepped their authority regarding probation, that isn't why they were called. The staffer at Betty Ford, Dawn Holland has withdrawn her complaint and issued a statement via her lawyer that Lindsay didn't violate her probation and she would not cooperate with any prosecution.

I find the police actions by harrassing various witnesses very worrying.

Here we go again round n round on the Lohan scary go round. SHE committed 'assault' SHE committed a 'violation' of her probation in REFUSING to take a 'test' by the facility where she was 'supposed' to be 'recovering' . She gets away with ANYTHING she wants 'merely' by throwing money at the police ( and or judges and officers and Center employee's ) When does it STOP ? When will the POLICE grow some and 'convict' her on charges that ANY lessor individual would 'already' have been in jail for ? FIVE times in JAIL and THREE times in rehab ? This 'girl' ( and I use that term loosely) will NOT grow up or listen or change her habits BECAUSE we have LET HER !! Judge FOX pay ATTENTION to the charges brought against her as if she were NOT someone with $$$$$ and DO what needs to be done NOW, otherwise WE ( one police plaza ) will look into YOUR finances and see if there is a lohan payoff lurking in there somewhere !!

Why must the prosecution constantly go after celebs with lots of fluff charges added. Oh wait, DAs do that to everyone. Wish our system was fair and impartial.

Where do they get the money for this nonsense when everyone is having to cut their budgets to the bone?

If we have to hound Lindsey into a sober and responsible life as the only way she will ever progress, then throw the book at her.

Lohan is a loser, she has received kid glove treatment in her repeated court appearances. She is only consistant in violating the terms of her probation. In my view she will probably not make 30 years of age her downward spiral is becoming obvious.
As for her attack on a staff member who filed charges and now conveniently is totally on Miss Lohan's side. Follow the money. This is an obvious payoff to avoid getting in trouble yet again for her inability to behave.


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