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Lindsay Lohan's photo shoot while under court-ordered detention raises eyebrows

May 31, 2011 | 10:49 am

Lindsay Lohan enters the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse Airport Branch March 10.

Lindsay Lohan's recent tabloid photo shots on her rooftop patio of her Venice town home while on house detention following her conviction for shoplifting a necklace has raised eyebrows.

But officials said Tuesday her actions are within the rules.

Lohan is serving a 35-day detention at her Venice residence in lieu of time in the Los Angeles County jail system because she is a low-level offender and the county jails are overcrowded.

But in the last week she has appeared in exclusive images on websites such as TMZ and the British Daily Mail lounging on the rooftop or reading scripts.

Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's spokesman, said Lohan is only restricted to the premises and not just the interior of the house. Lohan can also have guests and that includes photographers.

She can only leave the home for medical appointments or meetings with authorities and cannot do any of her 480 hours of community service she must complete at the downtown women's center and Los Angeles County Coroner's office. 

The actress was sentenced May 11 to 120 days in jail, but overcrowding at the facility and state rules will reduce the time she must be confined to her Venice home.

Lohan, 24, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge after she left a Venice jewelry store in January wearing a gold necklace she had not paid for.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner remarked that the discounts on the sentences "seem to be like shopping at Costco."

As part of Lohan's sentence, Sautner also ordered that the actress remain on supervised probation until she completes 480 hours of community service. But the judge rejected a prosecutor's request for substance-abuse counseling for the actress.

Sautner noted that drugs and alcohol are not the root of Lohan's legal troubles but that "she's got other problems for which she self-medicates."

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan enters the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Airport Branch on March 10. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times