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Lindsay Lohan pleads not guilty to lying to police about PCH crash

January 15, 2013 | 10:20 am

An attorney for Lindsay Lohan entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to  three misdemeanor counts of lying to Santa Monica police in connection with a June traffic accident on Pacific Coast Highway.

Shawn Holley entered the plea on behalf of the actress, who was not required to appear at L.A.'s Airport Courthouse because it was a misdemeanor case. A judge set a court hearing for Feb 10.

The plea came after questions arose about whether Holley will continue as Lohan's attorney. It was reported Monday by several media outlets that Lohan was parting with the attorney who has helped her navigate the legal waters for several years. But Holley said Tuesday she was still Lohan's attorney.

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Lohan was charged after Santa Monica police said they found evidence she lied when she said she was not behind the wheel of a Porsche that collided with a dump truck. The department's investigation had determined Lohan was driving the Porsche, contradicting statements the actress made to law enforcement officers after the crash.

The charges related to the Santa Monica case resulted in a revocation of her 2011 probation in connection with a conviction for shoplifting from a Venice jewelry store. 

Lohan already has been sent to jail several times for violating the terms of her probation. But she eventually complied with the rules set down by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner.

More recently, the 26-year-old actress has been spending time in New York, where she has been part of several law enforcement investigations. In September, the actress claimed she was choked by a political aide in a New York hotel room. Charges against the man were dropped.

She was then the subject of an investigation when she was accused of clipping a man with her car outside a Manhattan nightclub. No charges were filed in that case.

In October, police were called to a reported domestic disturbance at Lohan's mother's home in Mineola, N.Y., after she had been arguing with her mother. The incident did not result in any arrests or prosecutions.


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