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Lindsay Lohan battery case strong enough for prosecutors to consider charges, detectives conclude

January 4, 2011 |  8:08 am

Riverside County authorities investigating battery allegations against actress Lindsay Lohan have determined that there is enough evidence to forward the case to prosecutors.

The case "will be submitted to the district attorney’s office as the investigation determined Ms. Lohan violated several aspects of her probation, including the battery. A copy of this investigation will be forwarded to the Los Angeles Probation Office," the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. "It is expected that this investigation will be sent to the district attorney’s office later this week."

Lohan left the Betty Ford clinic this week and returned to Los Angeles. But allegations that she pushed a technician at the Betty Ford Center last month appears not to be going away.

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 the 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.

The battery case, if proven, could violate Lohan's probation on her earlier drunken-driving case.


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Lohan's alleged assault victim no longer cooperating with authorities

--Richard Winton

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