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Lindsay Lohan security video does not show pedestrian being hit

New York police on Thursday released portions of the videotape related to allegations that Lindsay Lohan hit a pedestrian and then fled from the scene.

The portion of the video shows Lohan driving around a group of people near an alley in the Chelsea neighborhood. The video does not show anyone being hit, but it is possible the incident happened out of camera range.

Still, sources familiar with the case say the security video should aid in her defense, because even if she grazed the chef, the contact was so minor she would not have been aware of it. Lohan was arrested for allegedly leaving an accident scene.

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Lohan was detained by police  at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday as she left the Dream Hotel, a 315-room luxury Manhattan hotel with a nightclub. 

About two hours earlier, she had been driving a black Porsche Cayenne SUV down an alley near the hotel when she allegedly hit a 34-year-old pedestrian. She did not stop and then proceeded to enter the hotel.

But the pedestrian complained the actress' slow-moving SUV hit his knee, police said. The victim, police said, called authorities and was treated at a local hospital. When Lohan returned, she was arrested, given a citation ordering her to appear in court and released.

Lohan herself retweeted a TMZ story Wednesday evening that the video suggests the victim exaggerated the incident and that detectives could not agree whether the car had even struck him.

The actress'  publicist dismissed the allegations. “While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing,” Steve Honig said. “We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks, and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue."

The 26-year-old “Mean Girls” star has had numerous arrests and served brief jail sentences and is on probation for shoplifting a necklace in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles city prosecutors said that if she did leave the scene of an accident, an L.A. judge could determine it was a violation of her probation terms, which could mean more jail time or community service.

Lohan has been trying to put her much-chronicled legal troubles behind her and resume her acting career with the TV movie “Liz and Dick.”

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-- Richard Winton

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