Lindsay Lohan's house arrest formally ends as ankle bracelet is removed
Officials on Wednesday removed Lindsay Lohan's ankle bracelet and electronic monitoring system as she was formally released from a 35-day house arrest.
Steve Whitmore, a sheriff’s spokesman, said a technician for the monitoring company went to her home at around 9:40 a.m. The job was done by 10:30 a.m.
“She is now under the supervision of probation,” Whitmore said. “It took about 15 minutes to remove the equipment from her and her home.”
Lohan spent the time under house arrest in her Venice beachfront home for stealing a necklace from a local jewelry store and violating terms of her probation.
Her house arrest wasn't without controversy. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner -- annoyed with paparazzi photos that appeared to show Lohan partying on the rooftop patio of her beachfront home -- told the actress last week that she could no longer entertain more than one guest at a time while under house arrest.
Lohan had been in court after a probation report said she had failed a June 13 alcohol test. But Sautner ruled that a failed alcohol test did not violate Lohan's probation and that the testing requirement had ended months earlier.
Legal experts said that although the actress, due to film a movie about gangster John Gotti, may have dodged jail again, a second positive test for alcohol since her treatment at the Betty Ford Center last year will make it harder for producers of future films to insure her.
The judge said partying was so evident that Lohan's neighbors had complained to Los Angeles County supervisors. "If you are in jail, you are not allowed to have parties. House arrest should be akin to jail," Sautner said.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan walks into an elevator in the Airport Branch Courthouse while a throng of photographers presses against the glass walls June 23. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times