Lawsuit filed over Lohan case

Lawsuit filed over Lohan case

A wild ride that led to Lindsay Lohan’s arrest has sparked another lawsuit.

Court records show that three men who claim they were in a sport utility vehicle that Lohan commandeered in July 2007 sued the 'Mean Girls' star last week.

Their allegations include battery, false imprisonment and that the actress was negligent when she allegedly took over the vehicle belonging to one of the men to chase her recently fired assistant.

That chase ended when the assistant’s mother called police because she was being followed and led Lohan toward a police station. Officers suspected Lohan was drunk and arrested her.

Lohan eventually pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine stemming from the Santa Monica arrest and an earlier drunken driving arrest in Beverly Hills. She served 84 minutes in jail and entered rehab.

Lohan’s attorney, Ed McPherson, called the lawsuit “absurd”.

He claimed the men were having fun during the chase and questioned why they waited more than a year to file suit.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” Mr McPherson said. “They had ample opportunity to get out of the car.

“It’s three guys who want to get a lot of headlines,” he said, “and want to make some money”.

An attorney for the men, identified as Ronnie Blake, Jakon Sutter and Dante Nigro, had said last year he hoped to avoid filing a lawsuit against Lohan. Mr McPherson said there were some early talks, but no settlement was reached.

The case will be heard in Santa Monica, where Lohan is also being sued for emotional distress by a woman was in the car that was being chased by the actress.

The lawsuit, which seeks more than $25,000 in damages, was first reported by celebrity gossip web site TMZ.

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