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Lindsay Lohan plea deal: 90 days in locked rehab facility

Lindsay Lohan will spent 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility as part of a last-minute plea deal the actress reached Monday, the morning she was set to go on trial on charges that she lied to police in the wake of a car crash.

Lohan pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy and perform 30 days of community service in New York.

The troubled star faced up to a year in jail on three misdemeanor counts related to the June 2012 collision on Pacific Coast Highway, as well as a violation of probation for a 2011 shoplifting conviction involving the taking of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

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She had faced one misdemeanor count each of reckless driving, providing false information to an officer and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer.

In keeping with her history of real-life courtroom dramas, Lohan made a last-minute dash from New York to enter the plea. Her lawyers negotiated with prosecutors for more than an hour before the actress, who insisted on her innocence until now, agreed to the deal.

The 26-year-old apparently caught an overnight flight to Los Angeles on a private jet, according to her Twitter account. The flight was delayed and landed at LAX about 8:30 a.m., according to media reports.

"Thanks Mr. Pink for the private jet see you all in a few hours in LA," she tweeted early Monday.

When Lohan finally arrived at the courthouse, a woman threw gold glitter on the actress as she made her way past the media swarmed outside. The woman was not arrested and authorities had no plans to further investigate, sheriff's officials said.

Santa Monica prosecutors said 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 faced 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 for weeks, according to several people with knowledge of the situation, but Lohan did not agree to the deal until Monday morning.

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.

Until last month, Lohan was represented by Shawn Holley, among the region's top lawyers. Her new attorney, Mark Heller, from New York, has been reprimanded by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Dabney, who has questioned the attorney's ability to adequately defend the actress in California, given that he did not seem familiar with the state's criminal-law system.

"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, Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, had 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 Michael Lohan's request.

Wallin said last week that Heller had also asked his firm to help with Lohan's defense.

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.

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Lindsay Lohan glitter-bombed, but no arrests made [PHOTO]

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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.

PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan

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.

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Lindsay Lohan arrives late to court, is glitter-bombed outside

Lindsay Lohan arrived nearly 50 minutes late to a Los Angeles courthouse Monday, where the troubled star was set to go on trial on charges that she lied to police in the wake of a car crash.

But the court proceedings had not yet begun more than an hour after its 8:30 a.m. start time, as lawyers remained behind closed doors. Lohan chatted with a deputy as she waited.

The 26-year-old apparently caught an overnight flight to Los Angeles on a private jet, according to her Twitter account. The flight was delayed and landed at LAX about 8:30 a.m., according to media reports.

PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan

"Thanks Mr. Pink for the private jet see you all in a few hours in LA," she tweeted early Monday.

When Lohan finally arrived at the courthouse, an unidentified person threw what appeared to be gold glitter on the actress as she made her way past the media swarmed outside.

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, but no agreement was reached.

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.

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Lindsay Lohan's 'freedom and future' at stake, Michael Lohan says

An Orange County attorney hired by Lindsay Lohan's father will be in court Monday as the troubled star goes on trial on charges that she lied to police in the wake of a car crash.

Michael Lohan formally retained attorney David E. Wohl and his firm, Wallin & Klarich, late last week, said Paul Wallin, a partner at the criminal-law firm.

"At his request, we will be present on his behalf in the courtroom when his daughter is scheduled to appear due to his concerns about her current representation," Wallin said.

PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan

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."

Santa Monica prosecutors allege that the 26-year-old actress 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. But so far, she has given no indication that she is willing to enter that type of program, they say.

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Man faces charges in alleged attack on actor Tom Sizemore

A man is facing charges of assault after allegedly attacking Tom Sizemore in the actor's downtown apartment and stealing expensive guitars and other property.

The incident was reported around 9 p.m. Thursday in the actor's residence in the 400 block of South Main Street.

According to police, the actor was involved with a woman whose boyfriend came looking for Sizemore, who starred in the critically acclaimed films “Saving Private Ryan,” “Natural Born Killers” and “Black Hawk Down.”

The man, who was not identified, pretended he had a gun and threatened the woman and the actor, whom he allegedly put in a headlock in a bathroom before taking off with guitars and other property, according to police.

Los Angeles police officers eventually found the suspect, who was booked on suspicion of assault, and recovered Sizemore's property.

Known for his tough-guy roles, Sizemore has usually been the subject of law enforcement investigations rather than a victim. In August 2003 he was convicted of misdemeanor charges of physically abusing and harassing his ex-girlfriend, the former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss.

Sizemore failed a court-ordered drug test In February 2005 after he was caught trying to defeat a urine test and was ordered into drug rehabilitation for two years.

In June 2007, after he was arrested outside a Bakersfield hotel on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, Sizemore was sentenced to 16 months in prison for violating probation that stemmed from a January 2006 drug possession charge.

Sizemore was later arrested on a warrant issued on the 2007 Bakersfield case. In 2011, he was arrested on an outstanding battery warrant.

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court with her attorney Mark Heller on Jan. 30. Credit: David McNew / Associated Press

Barring a last-minute plea deal, Lindsay Lohan on Monday will go on trial on charges that she lied to police in the wake of a car crash.

Santa Monica prosecutors allege the 26-year-old actress told officers she was not driving a Porsche that rear-ended a truck June 18 as she headed to the set of “Liz & Dick.”

Lohan 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, but none was forthcoming over the last few weeks.

Prosecutors had proposed the actress serve 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility to resolve the three misdemeanor counts, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. But so far, she has given no indication that she is willing to enter that type of program, they say.

PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan

At a recent hearing, her attorney, Mark Heller, said Lohan did not need to be placed in a rehabilitation facility. But whether Heller will remain her sole attorney next week is unclear.

Heller, from New York, has asked a respected Orange County criminal law firm to assist him in Lohan's defense, according to partners at the firm. Paul Wallin, a partner at Wallin & Klarich, said the attorney who was requested was David Wohl, a 24-year veteran of California courts and a regular legal analyst for Fox News.

"We are awaiting Ms. Lohan's approval," Wallin said. "Mr. Heller made the request. The court and our firm want to ensure the integrity of this case."

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‘Onion Field’ killers focus of LAPD Chief Beck’s ‘Southland’ cameo

Charlie Beck Southland
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck took his place behind the podium. Cameras flashed. Reporters stood at the ready.

But Beck's news conference in front of Parker Center, the old LAPD headquarters, wasn't a typical meeting with the media. For one, it wasn't real.

The chief and other LAPD officials filmed a cameo Friday for the season finale of TNT's L.A.-based police drama, "Southland." Beck declined to talk about details, but said the episode will relate to the so-called "Onion Field" killers who in 1963 kidnapped two LAPD officers and killed one outside Bakersfield.

"They asked me to play the chief of police, and I figured I could do that," Beck said.

The shoot took five takes to wrap and lasted about 20 minutes, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

"It worked out great, and the chief was a natural," Smith said.

Smith said the real LAPD officers would probably have just a few quick spots in the finale, but said it would be a "very powerful and moving scene and very powerful and moving episode."

But, as is often the case, reality intruded somewhat on the shoot. The scene was supposed to be filmed at the new police headquarters, but an unscripted anti-police protest required that it be moved to Parker Center. Smith said a permit for the demonstration indicated 500 people would be there, but only four showed up, causing no problems for the television crews.

The LAPD officials involved had the day off, Smith said. Beck said he planned to donate his check from the show to Homeboy Industries, a job placement program for ex-gang members..

"Southland" has drawn praise from critics -- and law enforcement – for its gritty portrayal of L.A.'s streets. Both Beck and Smith said they were fans.

"A lot of what I like about the show and what a lot of other cops like about the show is that they weave real events and real issues into the story line," Smith said.

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Photo: A film crew shoots a scene from the season finale of TNT's 'Southland' in which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is seen addressing a news conference in front of Parker Center. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called 'a natural' at 'Southland' TV shoot

 Film crews shoot a scene from the season finale of "Southland," in which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck holds a news conference in front of Parker Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Cameras flashed. Reporters took notes. But Friday's press conference outside the old LAPD headquarters wasn't a typical meeting with the media.

For one, it wasn't real.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other police officials spent about 20 minutes -- five takes -- filming a cameo Friday for the season finale of TNT's L.A.-based police drama, "Southland."

“It worked out great, and the chief was a natural,” LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said.

Smith said the real LAPD officers would probably have just a few quick spots in the finale, but said it would be a “very powerful and moving scene and very powerful and moving episode.”

But, as often is the case, reality intruded somewhat on the shoot.

The scene was supposed to be filmed at the new police headquarters, but an unscripted anti-police protest required it to be moved to the old headquarters, Parker Center, a few blocks away. Smith said a permit for the demonstration indicated 500 people would be there, but only four showed up, causing no problems for the television crews.

The LAPD officials involved had the day off, Smith said.

Friday wasn't the first time that an LAPD chief has appeared in a Hollywood production.

Former Chief William J. Bratton made a brief appearance in "People I Know," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival three months after Bratton took the helm of the LAPD in 2002. Bratton played a politician in a role modeled on Rudolph Giuliani, with whom Bratton famously bumped heads when Bratton was top cop in New York City and Giuliani was mayor.

Daryl F. Gates, who led the LAPD from 1978 to 1992, played himself several times in the TV series "Hunter" and in the 1995 made-for-television movie "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam."

And Bernard C. Parks, chief from 1997 to 2002, had a guest spot on the sitcom "Girlfriends," also playing himself.

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Photo: Film crews shoot a scene from the season finale of "Southland," in which LAPD Chief Charlie Beck holds a news conference in front of Parker Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

'Hangover 3': Newport gets explosive cameo in movie trailer

Yes, this is why they closed down the 73 toll road in coastal Orange County last fall.

A massive pile-up on the highway when Zach Galifianakis barrels toward an underpass while towing a giraffe in a trailer behind his convertible. A giraffe? Why not.

"My name's Alan and I bought a giraffe. My life is great!" he shouts to a kid in another car as he zips past.

An exit sign for University Drive and MacArthur Boulevard looms in the distance.

"The Hangover Part III," Newport Beach’s big cameo.

The final installment in the guys-getting-in-trouble trilogy comes out on Memorial Day. The San Joaquin Hills tollway was closed down last October to film a road mayhem scene that can be glimpsed in the movie’s latest trailer.

Warner Bros. ended up paying the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor for lost toll revenue, as well as a $10,000 a day location fee. Not everybody, including some business owners and several local politicians, was delighted with the deal.

The studio later took out an ad in the Orange County Register, thanking locals for their “patience.”

We know that traffic disruptions can be unpleasant and that many of you, particularly the communities of Irvine, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, were impacted by the closure of a section of SR-73," the ad read. "Your understanding is greatly appreciated and went a long way to making this a successful shoot."

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School addresses Charlie Sheen's Twitter rant, threats

Actor Charlie Sheen is photograph during Comedy Central's roast of him at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A Calabasas school on Thursday said actor Charlie Sheen may have placed it at risk by posting a message on Twitter encouraging his fans to leave rotten eggs, toilet paper and dog excrement at campus where his daughter once attended.

Charlie Sheen, known for his Twitter message rants, wrote that his daughter was bullied and called a liar.

"It's on!," Sheen tweeted.

He urged anyone with "rotted eggs, a roll of toilet paper" or dog waste to deliver it with "extreme prejudice" to Viewpoint School.

On Twitter, he encouraged his followers to make him proud and not tolerate the disrespect to his daughter. He encouraged them to smear the excrement in the name of the child he apparently believed was involved in the bullying. 

In a statement to The Times, Viewpoint School said its "highest priority is the safety, security and education of our students."

"Like all responsible schools across our nation, we are concerned when any individual uses a social media forum to encourage actions that may risk the safety and security of any school," the school said.

The school did not mention Sheen by name, but noted that the student in question has not attended the school since March 2012.

 "Our administrators addressed the issue appropriately at that time. Our school takes accusations of bullying very seriously," the school added in a statement.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said they sent deputies to the school and found no problems.

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Photo: Actor Charlie Sheen is photograph during Comedy Central's roast of him at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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