Lohan community service questioned
A prosecutor in Los Angeles has raised doubts that Lindsay Lohan has completed the terms of her community service sentence in a reckless driving case which is the final criminal case the actress faces for years of bad behaviour.
The complaints from Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White prompted Superior Court Judge Richard Stone to set another court hearing so that the prosecutor could investigate whether Lohan completed her community service at a London volunteer organisation as stated in court documents.
Mr White said he doubted that Lohan completed 80 hours of community service in nine days as claimed in documentation presented by the actress's lawyer. He said if he is able to show that Lohan did not complete the hours as stated in court filings, he would seek jail time for the star.
The prosecutor noted that Lohan was receiving treatment for an illness at the time, but the actress's lawyer, Shawn Holley, said it was outpatient treatment and "she powered through it".
Judge Stone spent several minutes silently reviewing the documents, but made no comment on whether he felt the 28-year-old Lohan had completed her community service sentence. Another judge approved Lohan doing the hours in London.
"If this was Lindsey Smith, nobody would allow this," Mr White said.
He said that among the activities Lohan received credit for was a meet-and-greet with fans of Speed-the-Plow, the play Lohan was starring in.
"She got to shake hands with people, and that's community service," Mr White said.
He also complained about Lohan receiving credit for hours in which young people were shadowing her.
"I'd love to hang out with a celebrity all day and see their life, but that's not community service."
The community service is one of the last elements of Lohan's sentence for a 2012 case involving reckless driving and lying to police filed after the actress crashed into a dump truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Judge Stone gave Mr White until February 18 to try to verify Lohan's hours, a task the prosecutor initially said today was not his job. "I can't verify what she's doing there," he told Judge Stone.
Mr Holley said the issues raised at today's hearing were due to Mr White not doing his due diligence and checking on Lohan's service in recent months.
In November, Mr Holley presented documentation that Lohan had completed 102 of 240 hours.
Lohan has been on probation since 2007, when she was arrested twice for driving under the influence. She struggled to resolve that case and was charged with stealing a necklace within days of being released from rehab in 2011.