Lindsay Lohan‚Äôs days as a criminal defendant are finally over ‚ÄĒ if she can behave herself. A judge on Thursday put an end to the probation of the problem-prone actress after a string of violations, jail sentences and rehab stints.
However, the starlet will remain on informal probation for stealing a necklace last year, but will no longer face travel restrictions and weekly shifts cleaning up at the morgue. Lohan could face up to 245 days in jail if she gets into trouble again.
Still, the end of probation left Lohan looking happy. The actress thanked and hugged her attorney, Shawn Holley, before leaving the courtroom, and was beaming by the time she walked past the rows of cameras waiting for her outside the courthouse near Los Angeles International Airport, writes Sun Times.
‚ÄúLindsay is already talking about her next few projects,‚ÄĚ her spokesman Steve Honig wrote in a statement after the hearing. ‚ÄúShe is ready to start the next chapter in her life and get back to work and doing what she loves to do ‚ÄĒ making movies.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI just want to say thank you for being fair,‚ÄĚ Lohan told the judge. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs really opened a lot of doors for me.‚ÄĚ Rumors claim that Lohan is about to celebrate her newfound freedom with a low-key dinner with her sister Aliana.
The judge, in her turn, said she wasn‚Äôt going to teach the actress how to live, but gave her some parting advice. ‚ÄúYou need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work,‚ÄĚ Sautner said.
According to News, Lohan is due to guest star on an upcoming episode of Glee, recently hosted a highly rated but criticised episode of Saturday Night Live and is set to star as Elizabeth Taylor in a television movie.
“Lindsay is ending one chapter and starting the next,” Honig said. “She is very eager to get back on set and dive into her next few projects.”
Lohan‚Äôs four-and-a-half-year effort to complete probation is not the only one case among celebrities. Actress Michelle Rodriguez spent five years trying to resolve her drunken driving case, which featured many of the same elements as the Lohan saga ‚ÄĒ missed deadlines and jail sentences.
Which is more, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Khloe Kardashian were all sentenced to jail and faced court hearings as they didn‚Äôt properly follow a judge‚Äôs orders, but their cases have long since ended.
Meanwhile the ‚ÄėMean Girl‚Äô continues facing accusations. Earlier this month, a nightclub manager in Hollywood accused her of grazing him with her Porsche.
The actress denied the accusation and no charges have been filed. But the matter could end up in a civil court, where Lohan is already being sued by two other people for auto-related incidents.
Lohan is also being sued by a woman who claims she was struck by the star‚Äôs car while walking in West Hollywood, and by a former Betty Ford worker who was involved in an altercation with the actress during her three-month stay at the facility in late 2010.