Due in court this morning. Has she even left NY yet?
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 17, 2011 | 3:19 a.m.
Lindsay Lohan returns to court Thursday morning and is not expected to accept a plea deal in a grand theft case that would return the actress to jail.
The "Mean Girls" star has pleaded not guilty to a felony grand theft that was filed after a jewelry store reported the starlet had taken $2,500 necklace without permission. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz has said if Lohan accepts a plea agreement offered by prosecutors last month that he will send her to jail for the fourth time in as many years.
A source close to the actress told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Lohan does not intend to accept the plea offer at Thursday's hearing. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of Lohan's case.
Schwartz will lay out the next steps of the case and may schedule a preliminary hearing during which prosecutors will present their evidence.
If Lohan is ordered to stand trial. Schwartz has warned the starlet that she may be sent to jail for violating her probation on a 2007 drunken driving case.
Lohan's return to court comes days after surveillance footage of her trying on necklaces at Kamofie & Co., which reported the necklace stolen on Jan. 22. It was eventually given by a Lohan associate to detectives, who had already obtained a search warrant for the actress' Venice home.
"Entertainment Tonight" aired the footage, which showed Lohan texting, pacing and talking to a store clerk for nearly 45 minutes. The actress wore the necklace she is accused of stealing for roughly 25 minutes, according to the show, before the clerk escorted Lohan out, smiled and held a door open as she walked out.
The footage was obtained by a commercial images division of the AP and licensed exclusively to "Entertainment Tonight."
The source told the AP that Lohan's defense team thinks the video's release and its sale will benefit the actress' defense.
Lohan's court troubles have long overshadowed her once-promising acting career. A former star in Disney films such as "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded," her career has been stalled since she was arrested twice in 2007 and later charged with drunken driving and drug possession.
In the past 10 months, Lohan has been jailed twice and sent to rehab twice for probation violations. A judge ordered her to undergo three months of treatment at the Betty Ford Center, and it was within three weeks of her release that she was accused of stealing the necklace.
While the theft case has caused more uncertainty for Lohan, 24, the incident may go on to benefit others.
The owners of Kamofie & Co. announced Wednesday that they will auction the necklace and donate the proceeds to an unspecified charity after the theft case is resolved. The item remains in the custody of authorities.
"We have already publicly released the videotape which speaks for itself and accurately records the incident, and we believe the next step toward achieving closure is to donate the now-famous jewelry to charity," store owners Sofia and Geoff Kaman said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
^That picture is, evidently, two girls on their way to the Saturday Night Social at the American Legion Hall in Rego Park, Queens...
Interesting...you would think there were some sort of airport pap pictures if she (they) had returned from NY for the court appearance, wouldn't you?...Can you say 'Bench Warrant??
Lindsay Probation Report: She's Been Drinking Again!
3/17/2011 12:45 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
Lindsay Lohan's probation report says she's been drinking fermented tea that contains alcohol -- yeah, big whoop.
Sources familiar with the report tell TMZ ... Lindsay fessed up to her probation officer ... she was drinking Kombucha tea, which has an alcohol content of 0.5% or less ... and now the L.A. County Probation Department added it to the list of reasons why the judge should violate her probation and send her to jail.
Lindsay was so bold ... she actually left one of her alcohol ed classes clutching a bottle of Kombucha.
Lindsay Lohan may be fresh from rehab and facing possible jail time, but rather than taking it easy, it sounds like the 24-year-old starlet is back to her hard partying habits!
A source tells X17online exclusively that after stopping by the SL Lounge in New York City last night, Lilo headed over to 1Oak and stayed until 4am! The insider added, "She is only doing this because she won't be photographed in NY like she is in LA, so she thinks she can get away with it. It certainly seems like she's fallen back to her old party habits, as evident from her wild behavior and the company she's keeping."
Apparently Lilo was tearing it up on the dance floor with a group of drunk men, and while she hasn't tweeted anything recently, we're curious to see what she has to say about this!
^ Well- either they are under some sort of 'pressure' to take it easy on her, such as not looking like they are 'harassing' the poor girl, or they are incompetent morons...hard to tell which...
What is up with the latest court appearance?
Looks like next Friday is it...the LA Times says...
Despite the offer last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz to Lohan's lawyer, the actress has so far refused to consider any time in jail and has insisted she never took anything intentionally, the source said. If need be, she will go to trial, according to the source.
While Schwartz initially said Lohan would have a deadline of March 10 to resolve the case in his court, last week he set an interim court date of March 25.
He told the "Mean Girls" actress she would either show up on that date, enter a plea and get some jail time or not appear at all and the case would be set for a hearing before Judge Stephanie Sautner. The hearing would determine whether there is sufficient evidence to try the case.
Schwartz warned Lohan that Sautner would hear the jewelry theft case while also considering whether the conduct amounted to a violation of Lohan's probation on a 2007 misdemeanor drunk-driving conviction. Sautner could jail Lohan on the probation violation if she finds the actress in violation even before a trial on the Jan. 22 alleged necklace theft.
Schwartz previously warned Lohan any settlement would result in her going to jail. He also said she would need to enter court-supervised therapy and have a 12-step program sponsor independent of her family and friends.
So the Knicks game was over about 10, she dropped the family off at a hotel and took a cab out into the night alone...I know I would never be off looking for trouble alone in NYC at that time of night...nope, not me...