LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Lindsay Lohan has been released from jail, but she’s not exactly a free woman.
The actress was discharged at 1:35 a.m. Monday after serving 14 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case, a sheriff’s spokesman said. She is now required to begin a three-month stint in rehab.
A prosecutor has said that Lohan cannot be released early and will have to spend the entire time in treatment, reportedly at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The facility and government officials declined to say whether Lohan is a patient there, but paparazzi followed a van that received a police escort to the centre after Lohan’s release from jail.
Lohan’s abbreviated jail stay was not unexpected, although it was considerably longer than the 84 minutes she spent at the same facility in 2007. The judge said during Lohan’s surrender July 20 that she had no control over how long the actress would be jailed, but she did require her to serve her time at a women’s jail operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.
A judge in Beverly Hills had ordered Lohan to report to rehab within a day of her release from jail, but shortened that time last week after conferring with Lohan’s attorney and a prosecutor. Los Angeles sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday that the actress was required to report directly to rehab.
Inmates such as Lohan, 24, who are serving time for nonviolent offences, typically have their stays reduced due to overcrowding and credits for good behaviour.
Media have been camped outside the jail since Lohan was booked July 20, catching shots of her mother and sister coming to visit. Holley has also frequently visited Lohan.
She was released to a waiting vehicle and did not walk out the front entryway. That avoided a spectacle similar to when Paris Hilton was released after serving a jail stint in 2007. Hilton smiled and slapped hands with deputies who held back the assembled throng of photographers before meeting her parents at a waiting sport utility vehicle.
Lohan’s sentence has put several of her projects on hold, including a starring role in as Linda Lovelace in a biopic on the porn star’s life. It will also prevent her from promoting her role as a gun-toting nun in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete.”
Lohan pleaded guilty in August 2007 to two misdemeanour counts of being under the influence of cocaine, and no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 per cent and one count of reckless driving. She was sentenced to three years of probation.
The plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier that year.
The jail facility in Lynwood has hosted several starlets, including actress Michelle Rodriguez and Hilton.
Rodriguez served 18 days of her 180-day sentence and was released in January 2008. Hilton served 23 days in 2007 after she was caught driving twice on a suspended license while on probation for reckless driving.
At the time, inmates serving time for nonviolent offences were serving about 10 per cent of their sentences; that figure has now increased to about 25 per cent, Whitmore said.
Associated Press Writer Mike Cidoni contributed to this report.