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Decision on Lindsay Lohan assault investigation could come this week

January 4, 2011 |  7:43 am

Actress Lindsay Lohan, ending her stint in rehab at the Betty Ford Center, is expected to return to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with sober-living advisers.

But she still lives with a legal cloud over her head.

Lohan should next appear before a Beverly Hills judge Feb. 25 unless she tests positive for alcohol or drugs before that time. Authorities in Riverside County have yet to say whether Lohan will face charges for allegedly assaulting a technician at the Ford clinic.

The technician, Dawn Holland, initially sought a battery charge against the actress. Last week Holland's attorney, Keith Davidson, said the technician had decided that she no longer wanted to pursue prosecution and that as a recovering addict herself, she sympathized with Lohan. Davidson sent a fax to Riverside authorities saying she no longer wanted to press charges and would not cooperate with the investigation into the incident at a halfway facility run by Betty Ford Center.

But Palm Desert police are continuing to investigate the case in which Holland initially had alleged that Lohan had hurt her wrist as she tried to yank a phone out of her hand. Investigators say they expect to sent it to the Riverside district attorney's office by the end of the week. A copy of that report also will be given to the L.A. County Probation Department to determine if the conduct amounts to a probation violation.

Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox told Lohan at a hearing last October where he had ordered her to remain in rehab through Monday that he would convert her sentence to unsupervised probation if she did not test positive for drugs or alcohol before her next scheduled court hearing. He warned her that she could face 180 days in jail if she violated her probation again.

“I’m not going to be manipulated,” Fox said. “You are an addict. I think you have to change your lifestyle.”

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times