Lindsay Lohan to Spend the Holidays in Rehab
By PopEater Staff Posted Oct 22nd 2010 12:44PM
Lindsay Lohan won't be going back to jail, but she will be spending the holidays in rehab. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox spared the 'Mean Girls' actress from more jail time on Friday, but instead ordered the troubled star back to the Betty Ford Center until Jan. 3. Fox was determining whether Lohan violated her probation in September when she tested positive for cocaine and Adderall in a pair of random drug screenings.
"There's nothing better than a train wreck for a celebrity and I'm not going to have one in this case," Fox told Lohan and her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, who argued that "relapse is a part of recovery" and that Lohan "would like to remain [at Betty Ford] and continue her treatment."
Fox said that if Lohan doesn't shape up, she's going to destroy a promising career. He said he is trying to provide Lohan with a real chance at sobriety and that remaining at Betty Ford through the holidays is crucial. "You're staying past the New Year's -- there's a reason for that," Fox said.
A prosecutor had wanted a six-month jail sentence for the star, but Fox opted for rehab after reviewing filings from rehab officials and a letter by Lohan herself. She cried after hearing the sentence and was escorted out by eight deputies to a waiting van. Before she could leave, an onlooker threw gold confetti on the star.
On The Street: Lindsay and Second (or Third, Fourth) ChancesUpon leaving rehab on Jan. 3, Lohan will have to submit to periodic drug and alcohol testing until her next scheduled court date on Feb. 25.
Lohan arrived at the Beverly Hills courthouse Friday morning at about 8AM with her attorney and mother by her side. A few hours earlier, she left a live-in rehab facility in Southern California, where she has been since late September.
On Sept. 24, Lohan was denied bail and taken into custody after failing a pair of drug tests following her release from an inpatient rehab stay at UCLA Medical Center. Judge Fox reportedly issued the order without hearing arguments from Lohan's lawyers, and within hours another judge overturned the ruling and the starlet was released on bail.
Lohan was behind bars during those hours due to an admitted relapse: She failed two crucial drug tests, for cocaine and illegal Adderall use.
She was released from court-ordered rehab at UCLA Medical Center on Aug. 24 after only 22 days. Judge Marsha Revel sentenced Lohan to 90 days in jail and a 90-day inpatient rehabilitation program on July 6 for violating her probation in a 2007 DUI case. She ended up serving only 14 days due to good behavior and overcrowding at the jail.
Friday's hearing was Lohan's fifth court appearance since May. Her legal woes began in May 2007 when she was arrested following a minor car accident and charged with DUI. Just two months later, she was taken into custody for suspicion of drunk driving and cocaine possession.
Following her first DUI, Lohan spent 84 minutes in jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving.
Lohan's recent court troubles have put her career on hold. She missed opportunities to promote her role in the film 'Machete' because she was in jail and rehab. Her next starring role is supposed to be in a biopic about porn actress Linda Lovelace, though filming has yet to begin on the project and will have to be further delayed in light of Lohan's rehab sentence.
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