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Lindsay Lohan arrives at courthouse for hearing on stolen necklace case

February 23, 2011 |  8:41 am

Lindsay Lohan, escorted by Los Angeles County Sherriff deputies, arrives for a preliminary hearing at Airport Courthouse on Feb. 23, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Actress Lindsay Lohan arrived at the Airport Courthouse on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m., right on time for her scheduled appearance for a hearing on allegations that she stole a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

Lohan arrived in a black SUV wearing ivory pants and a black blouse -- far more conservative attire than the tight-white knit dress she wore for her last court appearance.

Authorities had lined police tape on either side of the courthouse's back door, creating a cordoned-off walkway for the actress. About 40 paparazzi stood ready by the concrete walkway and nine television trucks parked nearby. In the air, a chopper for KTLA followed Lohan's drive from the Venice home where she is living to the courthouse.

On the ninth floor outside Judge Keith L. Schwartz's courtroom, a satellite relay was set up to send a signal to the parking lot below.

The judge is expected to set a date for the preliminary hearing. It was unclear whether a deal was in the works for Lohan to avoid jail time or be sent back to rehab.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan, escorted by Los Angeles County Sherriff deputies, arrives for a preliminary hearing at Airport Courthouse Wednesday in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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