Mean Girls star ordered to wear alcohol-monitoring bracelet

2010-05-25 10:20

A judge yesterday ordered Lindsay Lohan to wear an

alcohol-monitoring bracelet and refused to ease restrictions involving drug and

alcohol testing so the actress can film a movie in Texas, the US.

The measures were ordered after Lohan angered Superior Court judge,

Marsha Revel, by failing to show up for a hearing last week in Beverly Hills and

instead attended the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Photos from Cannes showed the actress partying on a yacht into the

late hours on the day she was supposed to be in court.

A bench warrant was issued for her arrest but was then lifted when

her lawyer posted bail and Lohan flew back to the US over the weekend.

Lohan’s lawyer said the actress had her passport stolen in Cannes

and couldn’t travel in time to attend the hearing.

Lohan, wearing a dark gray pantsuit, arrived in court a few minutes

late and appeared sombre and concerned when she conferred with her attorney

about the move to attach the bracelet and require drug and alcohol testing every

week in the Los Angeles area.

The bracelet gets a signal through the skin if a person has been

drinking and sends the signal to the company that monitors it, court

spokesperson Alan Parachini said.

The actress has been on probation since August 2007 after pleading

guilty to misdemeanour drug charges and no contest to three driving

charges.

Earlier that summer, Lohan had spent more than six weeks at

Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Facility.

When she left the facility, Lohan agreed to wear an

alcohol-monitoring bracelet so there would be no questions about her sobriety if

she chose to go dancing or dining in a place where alcohol was served, publicist

Leslie Sloane Zelnik said at the time.

Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told Judge Revel yesterday

that his client was planning to travel to Texas to film a movie titled

“Machete”.

Revel suggested the actress might have to delay the project and was

unmoved when Holley suggested Lohan could fulfil the latest probation

requirements in Texas.

Revel stressed that she was prepared to spend half-an-hour reading

Lohan and Holley a list of her reasons for ordering the bracelet, drug tests and

an alcohol-education programme.

Holley conferred with Lohan then accepted the judge’s

decision.

Asked if she understood the orders, Lohan said quietly: “Yes, your

honour”.

It was her only statement in court.

Holley noted that his client had missed one previous hearing after

her uncle died.

“Did she attend the funeral?” the judge asked coldly.

Holley turned

to Lohan, who sadly shook her head confirming she didn’t.

Lohan (23) did not address a throng of media outside the courthouse

before joining Holley at the hearing.

The actress rushed past the media on her

way out, leaving in a waiting vehicle.

Yesterday, Judge Revel set a probation violation hearing for July 6

to address Lohan’s failure to appear in court last week for a scheduled progress

report on the probation stemming from the two high-profile arrests.

Lohan, who gained fame in the movies “Mean Girls” and “The Parent

Trap”, has provided the tabloid media with lots of fodder with her personal

escapades.

She spent more than two hours after the hearing waiting for a

bracelet to be placed on her ankle. She must wear the bracelet until the July

hearing, when the judge will decide if it will remain in place, Parachini

said.

Lohan was to be arrested upon her return to Los Angeles for missing

the mandatory hearing, but the judge recalled the warrant late last Thursday

after Lohan posted bail.

Holley said Lohan’s passport was stolen and that she had proof her

client had an airplane ticket to return for that hearing.


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