Reuters | Sep 25, 2010 | 1:48am IST
Actor Lindsay Lohan was led away from a Beverly Hills courtroom in handcuffs on Friday and returned to jail to await a hearing on whether she violated her probation by failing a random drug test. Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered the 24-year-old actor, who was convicted in 2007 of drunken driving and cocaine possession, held without bail and set her hearing for Oct. 22. Spokespersons for the Los Angeles courts and its jails said, Lohan would remain behind bars the entire time, and would not be released due to overcrowding, as she had been in the past.
In August, the "Mean Girls" actor served two weeks of a 90-day jail sentence and 22 more days in a residential drug treatment program when a different judge ruled she violated probation for the same charge. After being released from rehab, Lohan was subject to court-ordered drug tests. Late last week, Lohan sent out a series of messages on Twitter admitting she failed a test and saying she was working to overcome her substance abuse. "Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test, and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before Judge Fox," Lohan tweeted last week.
On Monday, an arrest warrant was issued and Fox ordered she appear in his court on Friday. Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley was not immediately available to comment. Websites around the world posted Lohan’s mug photo, which showed the once promising star in an orange, prison-issued jumpsuit, a stark contrast to the sleek black designer jacket and white skirt she wore to court Friday morning.
TMZ.com said Holley told the celebrity news site outside the courthouse that Fox’s decision was wrong, but independent attorneys said judges often denied bail in cases where a defendant violated probation. "I don’t see any way that is going to get changed," said Los Angeles defense attorney Steve Cron, who is not affiliated with any of the parties. "She (Lohan) seemed from the beginning to have taken a very cavalier attitude that the rules don’t apply to her, but when you violate probation, there are consequences," Cron said.
After bursting onto Hollywood’s map in Disney movies like "Freak Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded," Lohan became a highly sought-after teenage star. She earned wide praise for her small part in director Robert Altman’s "A Prairie Home Companion." But, soon after, Lohan began frequenting Los Angeles nightclubs and developed a reputation for partying. Her moves were documented nearly daily by the Hollywood paparazzi.
In May 2007, she crashed a Mercedes-Benz on the famed Sunset Boulevard. Police found cocaine in her car and arrested her on suspicion of drunken driving. Two months later, she was arrested again on similar charges. Lohan pleaded no contest to two counts each of drunken driving and being under the influence of cocaine, and one count of reckless driving. She spent 84 minutes in jail; was released due to overcrowding and placed on three years’ probation.
Her probation was extended for a year after she missed some alcohol-education classes, and earlier this year, a judge found her guilty of violating probation by again missing such classes, leading to jail and rehab.