Lindsay Lohan won't face charges over alleged Porsche hit-and-run
Lindsay Lohan will not face charges over a March alleged hit-and-run incident, as authorities say there is no evidence to support a club manager's claim that she grazed his knee with her Porsche.
The 25-year-old actress, who was at the time days away from completing her probation in a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession case, had denied involvement and called his claim "a complete lie," adding that she was carrying out court-mandated community service at the time.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday, May 4, that Lohan will not be charged and also called her accuser a "non-credible witness."
It said in a report that on March 13, around 11 p.m., security cameras near the Hookah Lounge in Hollywood captured footage of a vehicle and two pedestrians in a parking lot. The video was determined to be "too grainy" to identify the driver or the people and did not show a collision.
More than an hour later, the club's manager called 911 and reported that he and his car were struck in the parking lot. He told an officer who had arrived to investigate that while his vehicle was not damaged, the drivers' car "rubbed along his right leg, but that he was uninjured and did not want the police involved."
"He said he would pursue the matter in his own way and refused the office on an ambulance," the District Attorney's office report said. "Unknown people at the scene told the officer that Lindsay Lohan was the driver of the vehicle. The plate [number] given to [the] officer & came back at a 2012 Porsche owned by Lindsay Lohan."
Officers inspected her car on March 23, while she was carrying out her court-mandated community service at a coroner's office, which was included in her probation requirements. No evidence of a recent collision was found on her Porche.
Her accuser initially refused to cooperate with police, authorities said, but later met with detectives almost two weeks after reporting the incident. He provided them with "a CD of a bruised left knee from an unknown person and a receipt" from a medical center, dated half a day after the incident was reported, the District Attorney's office report said.
"There is no direct evidence to show Lindsay Lohan or anyone else struck" the man," it said, adding that his "changed story and lack of cooperation with law enforcement made him a non-credible witness. The fact that no collision is seen on the video and a lack of any damage to any vehicle or any independent witness make it impossible to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt."
A judge ruled on March 29 that Lohan has fulfilled all her probation requirements stemming from her 2007 DUI case, which had stalled her acting career. She has served five stints in jail. In addition to her time at the coroner's office, she had to also complete community service hours at a women's shelter, undergo psychological counseling and pay a slew of legal fees as part of a sentence handed down for a misdemeanor theft charge involving a missing necklace, which had in itself constituted a violation of her probation.
The judge told her that the latter case will be "hanging over" her head until May 24, 2014, but that she did not have to attend probation progress report hearings anymore.
Lohan is continuing her attempts at a career comeback, starting with a starring role in a Lifetime television movie about Elizabeth Taylor. She also recently attended the White House Correspondents' dinner, capturing the attention of former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who appeared in several photos with her.