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Chris Klein pleads no contest in DUI case, stays out of prison

09/03/2010 by Corinne Heller

Chris Klein performs ABBA songs at a 'Mamma Mia' audition, posted on Funny Or Die. Chris Klein pleaded no contest to drunken driving on Friday and was ordered to serve four years of probation and take alcohol education classes for 18 months, Los Angeles court and city attorney officials said.

The American Pie actor was also sentenced to four days in jail, which he had already served.

He was fined $500 and ordered to install in his car an ignition interlock device, which allows the vehicle to run only after a positive breathalyzer test, and keep it in place for three years.

Klein, 31, checked into a rehab center in Utah in June to battle an alcohol addiction shortly after his second DUI arrest. Police had detained him after they spotted his black 1999 Chevrolet Blazer weaving across lanes on a Los Angeles highway.

Klein pleaded guilty about five years ago to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in San Diego. He was fined $1,800 and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service.

Klein made headlines in May when an online video of him singing ABBA songs, in what was labeled an audition for the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, surfaced and went viral. Klein later countered with a parody video on the comedy website Funny or Die.

Klein, who was engaged to actress Katie Holmes before she began a relationship with Tom Cruise in 2005, also starred in the 1999 dark comedy film Election with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Klein also had a recurring role in the 2008 CBS series Welcome to the Captain.


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