LiLo Charged in NYC and California Just Hours Apart
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has outdone herself this time, managing to rack up criminal charges on both coasts within a span of a few hours. One collection of charges stems from a nightclub brawl in New York City, while the other is related to Lohan’s June 8 traffic accident in Santa Monica, Calif.
Already on probation after convictions for theft and two DUIs, Lohan allegedly punched a woman in the face during an argument early Thursday morning. The cause of the fight is unconfirmed, though several celebrity news websites reported that the two women were fighting over Max George, member of the boy band The Wanted, who was also at the club. Other reports say the altercation started when Lohan refused the alleged victim’s offer of a free psychic reading.
When police arrived around 4 a.m., Lohan was riding as a passenger in an SUV that was leaving the scene. The police stopped the vehicle, arrested Lohan and charged her with third-degree assault.
Lohan’s attorney, Mark Heller, told E! News that his client was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs Thursday morning, and that he expected the charges to be dropped.
“We are going to be working very earnestly to establish that no charges should even be lodged,” Heller said. “[The police] have already made arrangements to get the video from the club, which hopefully will reveal some exonerating information. After that, they could just walk away from the case and decline to even prosecute.”
By the time Lohan was released in New York City, she’d received the bad news from Santa Monica: She was also being charged with resisting an officer, providing false information and reckless driving.
Those charges, all misdemeanors, were filed months after a collision between Lohan’s Porsche and a dump truck on the Pacific Coast Highway. Lohan told officers responding to the scene that another person was behind the wheel, but investigators eventually determined that was a lie.