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Lindsay Lohan accuser Dawn Holland fired by Betty Ford Center

December 22, 2010 | 10:20 am


Lindsay Lohan accuser Dawn Holland, the rehab tech who told police Dec. 12 that the actress had assaulted her, was fired Tuesday by the Betty Ford Center after talking to a gossip website about the incident, L.A. Now reports.

"Regrettably, on December 21, 2010, one of our employees violated patients’ confidentiality by talking to the media and by disclosing a privileged document," the center said in a statement. "That employee has been terminated by the Betty Ford Center."

The center didn't give the employee's name, but Holland on Tuesday gave a video interview to TMZ, which also has a copy of the e-mail she sent with her version of what transpired that night.

Holland herself has been in rehab eight times, according to TMZ, and during a divorce last year was accused of assault by her husband. Now divorced, she has a restraining order against him, but his request for one against her was denied. She now has a lawyer investigating whether her termination was legal. This is Lohan's fifth trip to rehab.

Michael Lohan went on "The Early Show" on Wednesday to defend Lindsay, and, oh yeah, to wish other-daughter Ali Lohan a happy 17th birthday.

"I have a lot of confidence in [Lindsay's attorney] Shawn Chapman Holley and in God, and know the truth will come out," he said.  "Even on 'Celebrity Rehab' with Dr. Drew ... it would have been handled differently. I do give Betty Ford a lot of credit for helping my daughter. She's made a 180-degree turn."

According to Holland's e-mail, LiLo — a.k.a. "Bella G" — and two other women returned after curfew, having jumped the center's wall to go drinking. Holland said she was called to do a breathalyzer test but instead was cursed out by Lohan. Holland alleges that Lohan first threw a phone at her while she was talking to police on another phone, then grabbed Holland's wrist to get the phone out of her hand.

In the video interview, Holland says Lohan twisted her arm so hard she had to go to the emergency room with a sprained wrist. She says she did not touch Lindsay at all and that the actress had alcohol on her breath and, in her opinion, had not made any progress while at the center. 

Lindsay Lohan reportedly said Holland scolded her, demanded she take a breathalyzer test, then put her hands on the actress, calling police before contacting Betty Ford administrators, according to her dad. 

"Lindsay thinks this woman has had it out for her from the beginning," he told Radar Online on Tuesday, "and she's looking for any reason to stop Lindsay from getting out."

As ordered by Judge Elden Fox, LiLo is due to leave rehab Jan. 3 for supervised probation lasting until Feb. 25. If she's messed up her rehab probation, however, Lohan could face six months in jail.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating an allegation of misdemeanor battery, but no charges have been filed. Nobody was arrested the night of the incident.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan walks into the Beverly Hills Courthouse for a hearing on July 6. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times.