Judge to Lindsay Lohan: 'Stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work'
As a Los Angeles County judge on Thursday ended Lindsay Lohan's five years of supervised probation and seemingly endless court appearances, she couldn't help but offer some sage advice to the actress known for her hard-partying ways.
L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ended Lohan's formal supervised probation for a 2007 drunk-driving conviction and put her on unsupervised probation for a 2011 shoplifting conviction.
"The only terms left for you on that case are to obey all laws," Sautner said. "It's not that hard... I know it's kind of hard when people are following you around all the time, but that's the life you chose," Sautner told the "Mean Girls" actress.
"I am not going to give you a lecture," Sautner said. "Live your life in a more mature way. Stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work. OK?"
The hearing at the Airport Courthouse was the final probation check for Lohan related to the convictions.
Sautner declared "she did it" in announcing Lohan had completed her community service and therapy sessions.
Lohan has been on formal supervised probation and was required to complete counseling sessions and 480 hours of community service work at the Los Angeles County morgue. She completed her final sessions in both this week.
Sautner told Lohan she was ending probation for the DUI case and will transfer the shoplifting case to unsupervised probation until May 2014.
A smiling Lohan responded: "I just wanted to thank you, your Honor, for being fair," adding, "It's opened a lot of doors for me."
Lohan, 25, with red hair and a turquoise suit, entered the courthouse shortly before 10 a.m., passing a row of waiting papparazzi. Often solemn at her court appearances, her mood this time around was lighter.
Lohan has publicly credited the judge and Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, with helping her rebuild her life and career, which hit rock bottom with the necklace theft conviction.
Her probation status and court troubles have hindered her ability to get work. But recently she hosted "Saturday Night Live" and is slated to appear on the TV show "Glee" and as Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie.
-- Richard Winton at the Airport Courthouse
Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan leaves the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on Thursday after her supervised probation was ended. Credit: Christina House / For The Times