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Lindsay Lohan's lawyer 'quits'

Lindsay Lohan's lawyer is rumoured to have quit her case hours before she was set to face a court to surrender for a 90-day jail sentence.

On Friday, celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro signed on to the case after Li-Lo moved into a "sober living facility" that he founded.

By Monday night, the Los Angeles Times and celebrity website TMZ.com, citing anonymous sources, reported that he had resigned from the case.

He met Judge Revel in a closed meeting on Monday afternoon. The prosecutor handling the case, Danette Meyers, was not present and court officials said there had been no change in requirements for Li-Lo's surrender.

The actress, a prolific user of the microblogging site Twitter, posted a message roughly 12 hours before her court appearance.

"The only 'bookings' that I'm familiar with are Disney Films, never thought that I'd be 'booking' into jail eeeks," she 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, Li-Lo 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 the star more time to complete her alcohol education courses and the judge ordered weekly attendance in December.

But the actress did not complete the sessions as ordered and missed a court date in May, setting a stage for her return to jail. 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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