TROUBLED Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan sobbed and pleaded in court but a judge still slapped her with 90 days in jail for violating probation in two 2007 drunken driving cases.
Lohan, 24, who sported the words “fuck u” on the middle finger of her left hand, was also ordered to participate in a 90-day in-patient substance abuse programme.
“I’m not taking this as a joke and this is my life. This is my career and everything I’ve worked for my whole life,” Lohan pleaded with Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel.
“If I had known I had to be here every week, I would’ve balanced it – work and everything... It’s just been such a long haul.”
The judge, however, would have none of it.
Revel likened Lohan to “someone who cheats and only thinks it’s cheating if she gets caught”.
She said: “The court doesn’t buy that this time.”
Once a promising young A-list actress whose career since has spun off course, Lohan earned big breaks to become a Disney star in movies like Freaky Friday, the remake of the children’s classic Parent Trap, and Herbie Fully Loaded.
She wowed fellow actors and many critics, swiftly acting her way up the Hollywood food chain to A-list work with the likes of Oscar-winners Meryl Streep in Prairie Home Companion and Jane Fonda in Georgia Rule.
She is currently working on a film about porn star Linda Lovelace.
After Revel sentenced Lohan, the actress, sometime singer and fashion muse burst into tears, plunging her face into her hands or sobbing on her lawyer’s shoulder.
Lohan was ordered not to drink alcohol, drive a vehicle with any drugs or alcohol in her system, drive without a valid driver’s license and insurance, or deny any field sobriety tests.
The judge ordered Lohan to begin serving her term on July 20. She was also ordered to maintain her alcohol-monitoring SCRAM bracelet until then.
Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, told CNN that his reaction to the sentence was “dismay, but at the same time, a little satisfaction that she is going to rehab”.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Lohan would probably serve just a fraction of the 90 days in the overcrowded jail system, citing Los Angeles County Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore, who said women sentenced for nonviolent crimes usually serve 25% or less of their sentence.
Tabloids have followed Lohan’s turbulent life and loves with both men and women. The actress had a stormy relationship with celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson. Most recently she reportedly has been romantically linked to an Israeli woman, Eilat Anschel, who was seen exiting the court after the sentencing.
Lohan was ordered to wear the bracelet – which detects alcohol use by analysing perspiration of the wearer – at a hearing on May 24 after she had failed to appear for an earlier court date. On June 8, the judge issued an arrest warrant for her after the alarm on her monitoring device was triggered.
But on Tuesday Revel stressed it was complying with the alcohol-education programme that was her top priority for Lohan.
Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence three years ago. After a stay in rehab, she was caught two months later for drink driving and cocaine possession. She served a mere 84 minutes in jail after these arrests.
She was arrested again in the summer of 2007 on suspicion of drunken driving.
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