Lindsay Lohan violated probation due to community service problem, judge says
Lindsay Lohan's probation has been revoked, as a judge has ruled that she had violated it by skipping community service appointments at a women's shelter.
The actress was taken into custody after appearing before a judge on Wednesday, October 19 and was released within hours after posting a $100,000 bond. Another hearing was scheduled on November 2, during which the actress could be handed down a jail sentence.
The judge said Lohan, 25, skipped out on nine appointments at Los Angeles' Downtown Women's Center, where the actress was in April ordered to complete 360 out of 480 community service hours, and was ousted from the program as a result.
"Lindsay is hoping this matter will be resolved on November 2 and the Court will reinstate probation and allow her to continue fulfilling her community service," her spokesperson said in a statement.
Lohan has denied recent media reports that suggested she had been skipping her court-mandated community service and her attorney has said the actress has also had to maintain her work commitments.
Lohan's community service assignments were handed down as part of a sentence given for a misdemeanor theft case involving a $2,500 necklace. Her theft charge in itself had constituted a violation of her previous probation, regarding a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case, the judge had ruled.
Lohan was also given jail time for her theft case. Her sentence was reduced from 120 to 35 days, which the actress was allowed to serve at home. She was released on June 29. Lohan has in the past served time in a real jail for violating her probation.
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.
While in court, Lohan was served with a $1 million lawsuit that a former rehab worker, Dawn Holland, filed against her in July.
The woman had engaged in a violent confrontation with the actress when she underwent treatment at the Betty Ford Center in January. Authorities said Lohan would not face charges over the incident, but Holland says in her lawsuit that she injured her wrist seriously in the scuffle and required surgery.
Lohan was also recently recently sued by a limousine company, which says the actress owes $90,000 for unpaid services and fees. The actress' spokesperson said Lohan was not served with such a lawsuit.