Lindsay Lohan won't be charged in New York nightclub case, lawyer says
Lindsay Lohan will not face charges over a New York nightclub case, of which she had been accused of assault, her lawyer says, days after she was sentenced to rehab over an unrelated Los Angeles car crash incident.
The 26-year-old "Mean Girls" actress had moved to New York, where her mother and siblings live, last year amid her legal turmoil, which has lasted more than five years. In November, she was arrested in the city on suspicion of assault following a reported fight at a nightclub with a woman, a psychic.
The actress' lawyer, Mark Heller, said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com that the woman "tried to grasp her 15-minutes of fame by claiming that Lindsay Lohan assaulted her."
"Unfortunately, she was unable to see in her crystal ball that I would come to Lindsay's defense and present exculpatory evidence to the New York District Attorney's Office which would facilitate and result in a determination by them to decline to prosecute Lindsay Lohan," he said. "This was the final legal hurdle to overcome and clear the path for Lindsay's freedom. Accordingly, no formal charges will be brought against Lindsay and her record will be cleared."
The news comes following Lohan's sentencing on Monday in a separate case in Los Angeles. A judge gave her a five-day jail sentence, which is included as part of a 90-day rehab stint she is set to serve after pleading no contest in a 2012 car crash case.
She was also given 18 months of psychological counseling and 30 days of community labor, which she will be allowed to complete in New York, where she lives, along with her mother and siblings.
The "Mean Girls" star had pleaded no contest to charges of lying to cops, reckless driving and "willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the course of their duties," stemming from a June 2012 car accident in Los Angeles. While she has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, they did spur a judge to revoke her probation from a 2011 missing necklace case.
"A suggestion: Don't drive," the judge told Lohan on Monday. "You're in New York - you don't need to drive."
Lohan's probation was extended for another two years. She was also given a suspended sentence of 180 days in county jail, which means she would only have to serve that time if she is found to have violated her probation by not completing her sentence or by otherwise breaking any laws.
On Tuesday, Lohan was booked formally by police and had her sixth mug shot in Los Angeles taken. She was released from custody the same day and won't serve her time until after a May 2 hearing, during which she must show proof she has enrolled in psychological counseling and community labor..(Check out PHOTOS of all of Lindsay Lohan's mug shots.)
Lohan has appeared in court more than 18 times during more than five years worth of legal turmoil, which has included five jail stints that have lasted a total of less than two weeks. She has also been treated for substance abuse.
(Pictured above: Lindsay Lohan appears at a Los Angeles court on March 18, 2013 at a trial over a 2012 car crash case.)