Lindsay Lohan finally begins community service at morgue
Lindsay Lohan has finally begun her court-mandated community service at a Los Angeles morgue, a day after she was turned away for arriving late.
The 25-year-old actress arrived at the coroner's office at 5:35 a.m. on Friday, October 21, her spokesperson said. Lohan entered the building through a back entrance and began her orientation at 7 a.m. The office's assistant chief, Ed Winter, said Lohan will perform janitorial duties such as cleaning and sweeping and will not have any contact with dead bodies at the morgue.
Lohan was earlier this year ordered to complete 480 hours of community service, including 120 at the morgue, as part of a sentence handed down for a misdemeanor theft charge, which had in itself constituted a violation of her probation for a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case. The actress has served time in jail and this year, spent 35 days under house arrest.
On Wednesday, a judge revoked her probation, saying the actress skipped out on several community service appointments at a women's shelter, and scheduled a November 2 hearing, during which the actress could be given jail time.
Lohan was supposed to begin working at the morgue on Thursday but was turned away after she arrived late. Her spokesperson had said the actress was unable to find the right entrance and was confused due to the presence of the media.
Lohan is set to work two days a week at the morgue. During her 8-hour shifts, she will be given three breaks, including a lunch period, but is not be allowed to leave the building. Winter said employees and others serving community service at the facility have been told they could face disciplinary action if they take pictures of her, he added.
During her time at the morgue on Thursday, Lohan had her assistant pick up lunches from an In-N-Out burger joint for her and other community service volunteers and also had cupcakes delivered to the building, the actress spokesperson said, adding that supervisors would not allow them into the facility.
"It is unfortunate that Lindsay's well-intentioned actions were not taken in the spirit in which she intended - to say she was sorry for yesterday's misunderstanding," the spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
A representative from the coroner's office said Lohan's assistant brought her an In-N-Out hamburger for lunch but that the actress did not provide food for anyone else. Another morgue official said he confronted the actress about having food delivered to the morgue and added that she denied reports that said she had ordered In-N-Out.
In July, during a meeting about her probation, the judge warned Lohan that she had to expedite the progress of her required community service hours.
Lohan's spokesperson said on Monday that the actress opted to complete her community service hours at the Los Angeles branch of the Red Cross. The judge said on Wednesday that it would not count because it was not part of the actress' sentence. Lohan has until April 2012 to complete her community service hours.