Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, 24, broke into tears Tuesday, after a US judge slapped her with a 90-day jail sentence for violating her probation in two 2007 drink driving incidents. Lohan is also required to follow a substance abuse programme.
AFP - Troubled Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan sobbed and pleaded but a judge still slapped her Tuesday with 90 days in jail for violating probation in two 2007 drunken driving cases.
The actress, 24, also was ordered to participate in a 90-day inpatient substance abuse program.
"I’m not taking this as a joke and this is my life. This is my career and everything I’ve worked for for my whole life. 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," Lohan pleaded with Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel.
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." Revel announced: "the court doesn't buy that this time."
Once a promising A-list actress whose career since has spun off course, Lohan has been known to audiences for years, despite her young age.
After working as a model as a child, she earned big breaks to become a freckled red-headed Disney star in movies like "Freaky Friday," the remake of the kids' classic "Parent Trap," and "Herbie Fully Loaded."
Lohan wowed fellow actors and many critics, swiftly acting her way up the Hollywood food chain to A-list work with the likes of 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 and sometime singer as well as fashion muse, wept in court.
Lohan was ordered not to drink alcohol, drive any 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 surrender July 20 to begin serving her 90-day jail term. She was also ordered to maintain her alcohol-monitoring SCRAM bracelet until then.
Tabloids have covered her hard-partying lifestyle, her busy social life dating men and women, her run-ins with the law, and now her latest move: to a correctional facility.
The actress had a stormy and endlessly chronicled relationship with celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson. Most recently she reportedly has been romantically linked to an Israeli woman, Eilat Anschel.
Lohan was ordered to wear the bracelet -- which detects alcohol use by analyzing 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 Lohan after the alarm on her monitoring device was triggered. The alarm sounds when the bracelet is tampered with or if the person wearing it consumes alcohol.
The judge, however, had said she was considering Lohan's attendance at alcohol education classes, not the monitoring bracelet.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers said Lohan had repeatedly thumbed her nose at the court, ignoring strict orders to attend the alcohol-education program once a week.
"As the court indicated, this has been going on since 2007 and we are yet to have compliance," Meyers said, noting that the actress missed the weekly classes seven times since late December.
Revel said she was explicitly clear in orders to Lohan, and that the actress should have known what she needed to do and what the penalties are for violating her probation.
"Nowhere did I say substantial compliance would be good enough," the judge said.
Lohan's lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley told the judge the actress had done well meeting the overall terms of her probation, and said she should not be harshly punished.
"I think that she is being authentic with this court when she tells us she did the best she could under those extremely difficult circumstances," Holley said.
Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence three years ago. After a stay in rehab, she was caught two months later for drunk driving and cocaine possession. She served a mere 84 minutes in jail after the arrests.
In May 2007, the actress was in a Mercedes-Benz that crashed into a hedge on Sunset Boulevard near the Beverly Hills Hotel, and two months later she was arrested in Santa Monica on suspicion of drunken driving.
Date created : 2010-07-07