Lindsay Lohan cleaning toilets, emptying trash at morgue
Actress Lindsay Lohan may have been greeted with flashbulbs for her highly anticipated arrival at the Los Angeles County coroner's office Friday morning, but once inside, she'll be treated just like everybody else, coroner's officials said.
Lohan arrived early for her 8 a.m. appointment at the morgue to begin serving her 120 hours of community service, part of her shoplifting sentence.
"She is not getting any special treatment," Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. "She's going to be cleaning toilets, mopping floors and emptying the trash bins."
Winter said she is one of about 15 to 20 people who perform this type of community service daily. She won't be going near the autopsy rooms, he said. She will get a half-hour break for lunch that she must bring with her.
"If she doesn't behave, I'm going to ask her to leave," Winter said.
Coroner's staff has been ordered not to take any pictures of Lohan. They are forbidden from fraternizing with community service workers, Winter said.
Lohan's morning arrival was well documented by radio and TV crews. Helicopters buzzed overhead. According to her publicist Steve Honig, Lohan left her home at 5 a.m. and was at the coroner's office at 5:35 a.m.
On Thursday, she had arrived late to the morgue and was turned away and considered a no-show because prompt arrival is mandatory, coroner's officials said.
Lohan is in trouble with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner, who earlier this week ordered her handcuffed and jailed after she violated terms of her probation in her misdemeanor shoplifting case by failing to attend community service at the Downtown Women's Center. She had missed nine appointments.
She now must work 120 hours at the morgue, serving two eight-hour shifts a week. Sautner said she must do two days a week pending a Nov. 2 hearing on whether to revoke Lohan's probation.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan covers her face as she arrives at the morgue Friday morning. Credit: Jason Redmond / Reuters