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Lindsay Lohan charged with theft



Lindsay Lohan charged with theft


The courtroom was different this time, and the allegation was more severe, as Lindsay Lohan stood in front of a judge and a camera crew for the second time on Wednesday.

The actress appeared in court for a hearing on a felony grand theft allegation stemming from a necklace taken from an upmarket jewelry store.

The 24-year-old actress, who is on probation for a 2007 minor DUI, reportedly walked out of the store with the $2,500 necklace on Jan. 22, according to a statement released today by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors are recommending that Lohan’s bail be set at $20,000, according to court documents. If convicted, Lohan may be sentenced to three years in prison.


In the conclusion of the session at the L.A. Airport Courthouse, Judge Keith Schwartz remarked, “You’re no different than anyone else, so please don’t push your luck. If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail, and your attorney won’t be successful this time.”

Lohan pled no contest to the allegation in May, after it was downgraded to a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to 120 days in prison and 480 hours of community service. The actress was also sentenced to psychiatric treatment and a shoplifting alternative course.

According to The New York Times, the case against Lohan includes security video from a retailer that shows the actress wearing the necklace. The actress was photographed wearing the necklace in paparazzi photographs shot a few days later. According to the sources, the case file also includes testimony from others who were inside the jewelry store at the same time as Lohan. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still continuing.

A friend of Lohan’s brought the jewelry to the Pacific Division police station after investigators began looking into the matter and preparing a search warrant.

The jewelry was apparently leased to Lohan by the retailer, and her aide returned it to authorities.

Shawn Chapman Holley, Lohan’s lawyer, refuted claims that Lohan stole the jewelry on Saturday.

“We vehemently deny these allegations,” Holley said in an email to “If charges are filed, we will fight them in court, not in the press.”


The incident is one of three legal issues for the singer, who is still on probation for a previous drunk-driving offense and is being investigated in Riverside County for allegedly assaulting a staffer at the Betty Ford facility.

It’s also not the first time the star has been linked to the disappearance of precious stones.

The theft of $400,000 worth of Dior jewels from a picture session Lohan made with Britain’s Elle magazine was probed by British authorities in 2009. “Elle has no reason to believe that Lindsay Lohan was in any way responsible,” Elle said at the time, releasing a statement exonerating Lohan.

Despite the harsh language used in court, Lohan was permitted to be booked inside the courthouse rather than being arrested by police. She was brought into arrest, but not in front of the television cameras who were filming the proceedings. Lohan submitted a court-ordered DNA sample, was freed on $40,000 bond, and was taken out a rear entrance of the courtroom, away from the cameras, around 90 minutes after the hearing began.

On March 10, the actress is scheduled to appear in court again.

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