July 7, 2010 – Troubled Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan broke down in tears as she was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for violating probation in two 2007 drunk driving cases.
The actress, once a red-headed Disney films star and promising A-lister whose career since has spun off course, also was ordered to participate in a 90-day inpatient substance abuse program.
After Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel sentenced Lohan, 24, the actress and fashion muse wept in court.
“It’s just been such a long haul and I don’t want you to think I don’t respect you and your terms because I really did think I was doing what I was supposed to,” Lohan told the judge.
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.
Lohan has starred in films such as Disney’s “Parent Trap,” “Herbie Fully Loaded” and “Georgia Rule,” and has worked as a model and singer. She is currently working on a film about porn star Linda Lovelace.
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.
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.