Lindsay Lohan glitter-bombed, but no arrests made [PHOTO]
Authorities did not immediately arrest a woman suspected of throwing a "glitter bomb" on Lindsay Lohan as the actress walked into a Los Angeles courthouse Monday and had no plans to further investigate, sheriff's officials said.
The gold glitter was thrown at the 26-year-old as she made her way through the media swarm outside the courthouse on Monday morning, nearly 50 minutes late for her trial on charges that she lied to police in the wake of a car crash.
Sheriff's officials said that glitter might not rise to a criminal offense. Glitter has been thrown at celebrities before, officials said.
Lohan was still in court late Monday morning as lawyers worked out what appeared to be a plea deal behind closed doors. The actress remained in the courtroom, and a man was removed for taking a photo of the actress.
Santa Monica prosecutors allege that Lohan told officers she was not driving a Porsche that rear-ended a truck June 18 as she headed to the set of “Liz & Dick.” She faces one misdemeanor count each of reckless driving, providing false information to an officer and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer.
There had been talk of a possible plea deal that would have sent Lohan to a locked rehabilitation facility for 90 days, according to several people with knowledge of the situation.
Monday's court appearance was the most recent for the actress, who has been on probation for various drunk-driving and shoplifting charges since 2007 and accumulated what the judge described as a voluminous court file. She remains on probation for shoplifting.
"I'm somewhat concerned whether you have sufficient guidance from local counsel," the judge said after Heller filed a "bill of particulars" — a motion not used in California criminal proceedings. A local attorney who vouched for Heller has not practiced law for several years.
Last week, Michael Lohan retained an Orange County criminal law firm to assist in his daughter's defense if needed. Paul Wallin, a partner at Wallin & Klarich, confirmed to The Times that attorney David E. Wohl and others from the firm would be in court Monday at the father's request.
Wallin said last week that Heller had also asked his firm to help him.
In a statement, Michael Lohan said the Orange County firm was "prepared to take over Lindsay's defense, and I sincerely hope the court permits them to do so.""I'm Lindsay's father, and I'm not at all comfortable with the poor representation she is getting right now," he said. "My daughter's freedom and future are at stake, and I'm doing what any father would do in this dire situation."
Michael Lohan and his daughter have a strained relationship that has played out in public, with the actress and her siblings frequently criticizing their father in interviews and on social media.
He was present in the courtroom Monday morning, but the two did not appear to communicate.
— Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan is showered with gold glitter as she walks with her
attorney, Mark Heller, into court on Monday. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press