LINDSAY LOHAN was taken into custody yesterday — a bit late, but without incident — to begin serving her jail sentence for a probation violation.
The actress rose and was handcuffed behind her back after a brief hearing. She arrived at court about 10 minutes late, prompting Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel to begin calling other matters.
Lohan, 24, was accompanied to court by her mother, Dina, and younger sister Ali, who wiped away tears after her sister was taken into a lockup for the 90-day sentence, which is likely be shortened in part because of jail over-crowding.
Her father, Michael Lohan, yelled, “We love you Lindsay!” as his daughter was led away.
In court, Lohan was represented by her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, who had resigned earlier but never filed a formal motion with the court.
Famed celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro said on Friday that he had agreed to represent the actress, but Revel said yesterday he had told her hours earlier that he would not take the case.
While the judge did not address Lohan’s tardiness yesterday directly, she did order her to report to probation officials within a day of her release from jail. The judge had previously ordered Lohan to report within two days.
Revel also has ordered officials not to allow Lohan to serve any of her sentence on house arrest or work release.
Two weeks, ago the judge determined that the Mean Girls star violated her probation by missing seven alcohol education classes since December.
She had been on probation since August 2007 after pleading guilty to misdemeanour drug charges and no contest to three driving charges.
Lohan, a frequent user of the microblogging site Twitter, posted a message roughly 12 hours before her court appearance referencing her looming incarceration.
“The only ‘bookings’ that I’m familiar with are Disney Films, never thought that I’d be ‘booking’ into jail eeeks,” Lohan posted.
The jail and rehab stints have left some of the actress’ projects in limbo, including her planned portrayal of porn star Linda Lovelace in a biopic.
Once considered an up-and-coming star, Lohan has in recent years been better-known as a tabloid staple and for the criminal case she has struggled to put behind her.
Her probation had to be extended for a year to give Lohan more time to complete her alcohol education courses and Revel ordered weekly attendance in December. But the actress did not complete the sessions as ordered and missed a court date in May.
She is expected to serve her time — probably a quarter of her sentence or less — in isolation at a women’s jail in the industrial suburb of Lynwood.
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