Los Angeles prosecutors have charged Lindsay Lohan for allegedly lying to police over a car accident that occurred earlier this year, while the troubled actress was also recently arrested in New York on suspicion of assault.
The 26-year-old has been dealing with legal and personal woes for more than five years. She has served several stints behind bars, which have lasted a total of less than two weeks, and has also been treated for substance abuse. The charges related to either case, all misdemeanors, could lead to her probation being revoked, which could send her back to jail.
Authorities say Lohan lied to the cops who questioned her after a Porshe carrying her and a man crashed into a dump drunk on a California highway on June 8. They said evidence showed she was the driver of the car at the time. They did not specify what she told the officers.
On Thursday, November 29, the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office charged her for allegedly willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer in the course of their duties, giving false Information to a peace officer and reckless driving. A court date has not been set at this time.
Hours earlier, Lohan was charged with third-degree assault after she allegedly struck a 28-year-old woman in the face during a dispute that escalated at Club Avenue in New York City around 4 a.m. ET, according to WABC Television, the sister station of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company. The actress' reps declined to comment about the incident. It is unclear if drugs or alcohol were involved.
In March, a judge ruled that Lohan had fulfilled all her probation requirements stemming from a 2007 DUI and cocaine possession case, which had stalled her acting career. But she was also put on informal probation until May 2014 for taking a necklace last year without permission from a Venice jewelry store.
While she does not have to attend progress report hearings or report to an officer, she was ordered to continue to obey the law to ensure that her probation remains intact. A Los Angeles judge had told her at a March 29 hearing: "You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work."
New York authorities told WABC that on Thursday, Lohan was sitting with her entourage at a booth at Club Avenue, next to the alleged victim. The outlet quoted sources as saying that the actress and the woman got involved in a "war of words as each tried to one-up the other" and that the confrontation eventually turned violent.
The woman, who is from West Palm Beach, Florida, did not require medical attention and is not expected to be charged in the incident, while the actress was taken to a police station and issued a desk appearance ticket, which means she will be arraigned at a later date, WABC reported. Lohan left the courtroom just after 7:30 a.m., covering her face with a jacket as security led her to a waiting car, it said.
The nightclub banned Lohan temporarily in 2009 after she stirred some controversy when she Tweeted the message, "So dark - where's jb cheater?" -- referring to Justin Timberlake, who was at the time dating Jessica Biel. The two wed in October. Lohan said after the Tweet that her Twitter account was hacked.
Lohan was also arrested in September outside another New York nightclub after a pedestrian claimed the actress had struck him with her car and did not stop. Lohan was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident. Police said no alcohol was involved. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office decided not to prosecute the case.
About a week after that incident, Lohan told authorities a man grabbed her in a New York hotel room in an argument over cellphone photos. The man was initially arrested, but the arrest was voided hours later when the charge could not be substantiated.
The actress has been trying to revive her acting career amid her turmoil. She recently played Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Television film Liz & Dick." The film drew moderate ratings and 3.5 million viewers but was heavily mocked by many of them on Twitter and Facebook.