Los Angeles – Troubled US actress Lindsay Lohan has been sentenced to 90 days in a locked rehab facility, as part of a plea deal announced as her trial for allegedly lying to police was set to begin.
The 26-year-old starlet, who rushed into the courtroom nearly one hour behind schedule yesterday, was also sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanour charges stemming from the car crash in Santa Monica in June last year.
Lohan will have to carry out 30 days of community labour – which she can do in New York, where she currently lives – and undergo 18 months of psychotherapy. The deal also suspends a 180-day jail sentence for a separate probation violation.
“By locked facility, I mean that there are not day passes, you can’t leave, you have to stay within the programme for the 90 day period until you’re done,” said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney.
“Do you understand and accept all the conditions of the probation in this matter?” Dabney asked.
“Yes, sir,” answered Lohan, who was dressed in white and wore no make-up.
The judge told Lohan’s lawyers that the actress will also “have to prove she doesn’t have any alcohol or drugs in her system and not to use, possess any narcotics ... or restricted drugs or associated paraphernalia”.
The current round of trouble is related to the June crash when the Porsche she was driving hit a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Lohan at first claimed she was a passenger in the car, but an investigation later showed that she had been the driver.
After the accident, Lohan was charged with obstructing a police officer, giving false testimony and driving recklessly.
The charges meant that Lohan had violated the terms of probation after she was sentenced for stealing a necklace in 2011, and, if she were found guilty, would have landed her in prison.
“A suggestion: don’t drive,” Dabney told Lohan. “You’re in New York, you don’t need to drive. But it’s not a condition of the probation.”
However, Dabney said: “You really need to understand that ... this is it. You violate your probation and we’re not going to be be having discussions about putting you back on probation in either of these cases.”
Yesterday’s appearance was the 19th time that Lohan showed up in court in less than five years, according to a tally by speciality magazine On The Red Carpet.
Lohan’s lawyer was happy about the outcome.