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Sheriff Wants Lindsay Lohan Charged With Battery

PTI 05 Jan 2011, 11:48:51 IST
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Los Angeles, Jan 5 :  Sheriff's investigators want Lindsay Lohan charged with battery for last month's skirmish with a Betty Ford Center rehabilitation technician.

A two-week investigation shows the 24-year-old actress violated her probation during the altercation and details will be sent to the Los Angeles County Probation Department this week, Riverside sheriff's Sgt. Joe Borja said in a news release.

A Beverly Hills judge has said Lohan will be jailed if she violates probation.

Investigators expect to take their case to the Riverside County district attorney's office this week for possible prosecution, Borja said.

Lohan returned to the Rancho Mirage drug dependency center on Dec. 12 after curfew and refused rehab worker Dawn Holland's request to take a Breathalyzer test, according to investigators. Lohan is accused of pushing Holland, who then called police, and Lohan ripped the phone away and injured Holland's wrist.

Lohan has been receiving treatment at Betty Ford, about 120 miles (90 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, since late September. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox, who has overseen Lohan's probation for her 3 1/2 year-old drunken driving case, required Lohan to remain at the rehab center until Monday.

John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office, said his office expected to receive investigators' findings this week. If Lohan is prosecuted in Riverside County, the Los Angeles County Probation Department would be notified, he said.

"The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established," Shawn Chapman Holley, Lohan's attorney, said in a statement Tuesday. "The fact that (police) went outside this limited role to issue a press statement expressing its opinion about what should happen in Ms. Lohan's case is highly unusual and deeply troubling."

The actress is due back in court Feb. 25 in Beverly Hills for a hearing at which Fox is expected to address Lohan's probation and the Betty Ford altercation.

Lohan was scheduled to be released from Betty Ford on Monday, but there were conflicting reports about when she left rehab.

RadarOnline posted a cell phone video Tuesday of what appeared to be Lohan with her father, Michael, greeting her "Freaky Friday" co-star Jamie Lee Curtis. The celebrity site said the video was taken earlier Tuesday at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles.

Lohan herself remained silent on Twitter on Tuesday. Lohan's attorney did not specify when the actress was released. And a spokesman for the Betty Ford Center said the facility does not comment on its patients.

Lohan returned to the Rancho Mirage drug dependency center, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, after curfew on Dec. 12 and refused rehab worker Dawn Holland's request to take a Breathalyzer test, according to investigators. Lohan is accused of pushing Holland, who then dialed police, and Lohan ripped the phone away and injured Holland's wrist.

Lohan received treatment at Betty Ford since late September. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox, who has overseen Lohan's probation for her 3 1/2 year-old drunken driving case, required Lohan to remain at the rehab center until Monday.

Lohan was back in the Los Angeles area -- and being followed by photographers -- Tuesday afternoon.

RadarOnline posted a cell phone video of what appeared to be Lohan with her father, Michael, greeting her "Freaky Friday" co-star Jamie Lee Curtis. The celebrity site said the video was taken Tuesday at the Four Seasons hotel.

TMZ later posted video of Lohan heading to a gym. When asked by a cameraman how it felt to be back in Los Angeles, she said it "feels good" but dodged questions about the Riverside sheriff's investigation, saying "I'm just going to the gym." AP