Lawyer: Lohan staying at substance abuse facility

2010-07-17 08:22

American actor Lindsay Lohan has moved to a substance abuse

facility and signed legal papers hiring celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro to

represent her as she prepares to head to jail for violating probation in a 2007

drug case.

Shapiro, a key figure on OJ Simpson’s legal “dream team” in 1995,

confirmed Lohan was staying at Pickford Lofts, a treatment centre Shapiro

founded after his son died of a drug overdose.

Shapiro said yesterday he had agreed to represent Lohan only if she

does her jail time and complies with the terms of her probation.

He said he would help the actress get treatment to accomplish

long-term recovery and sobriety.

Shapiro said: “Ms Lohan is suffering from a disease that I am all

too familiar with. Hopefully I can be of assistance.”

Lohan is scheduled to begin serving a 90-day sentence on


Shapiro has represented numerous celebrity clients.

In representing Lohan, Shapiro is replacing attorney Shawn Chapman

Holley, another veteran of the Simpson trial in which the former football star

was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald


Holley resigned after saying Lohan’s sentence was harsh and


Shapiro filed papers in court signed by Lohan substituting him as

her counsel.

The 24-year-old actress was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier

this month after a judge determined she violated her probation by missing seven

weekly alcohol education classes since December.

The judge also ordered Lohan to spend three months in rehab after

serving her sentence and continue to undergo random drug testing until her

probation expires.

Lohan pleaded guilty in August 2007 to two misdemeanor counts of

being under the influence of cocaine, no contest to two counts of driving with a

blood-alcohol level above 0.08%, and one count of reckless driving.

She was

sentenced to three years probation.

The plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier that


Lohan has spent 84 minutes in jail and performed mandatory service

at the county morgue.

Still, she has struggled with the terms of her sentence.


October, a judge extended her probation for another year and a prosecutor warned

the actress she was facing jail time if she violated her probation.

Lohan has been required to wear an ankle alcohol monitor since late

May, when she missed a court hearing.

She claimed her passport was stolen while

she attended the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The lapse prompted a series of crackdowns by the judge including

doubling Lohan’s bail to $200 000 (about R1.5 million) when the monitor

registered a 0.03 blood alcohol level after the star attended the MTV Movie

Awards and after- parties.

Lohan denied she had been drinking that night.

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