Judge: Lohan Needs to Speed up Community Service

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Lindsay Lohan arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court, where a judge could decide whether an allegation that the actress stole a $2,500 necklace can be resolved without going to trial, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The “Mean Girls” star has pleaded not guilty to a count of felony grand theft over the necklace, which was taken an upscale jewelry store in the beachside community of Venice. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Lindsay Lohan arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge warned Lindsay Lohan Thursday that she must spend more time doing community service and enroll in psychological counseling or risk running into problems with her probation.

In a separate development, Lohan was sued for assault and battery in Riverside County by a former worker at the Betty Ford Center who had a dispute with the actress in December.

In Los Angeles, Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner reminded the actress during a status hearing in her criminal cases that she had to complete 480 hours of community service by next April, and that she would not grant any extensions, even if Lohan is working on a film.

“She’s not going to get five minutes more than one year” to complete the service at a shelter for women and the county morgue, Sautner said.

The judge opened the hearing by telling Lohan that probation officials had submitted a report stating she had violated the terms of her release.

“Don’t look shocked Ms. Lohan because it isn’t true,” Sautner said, explaining the probation officer was relying on incorrect information.

The judge did chide the actress for not providing officials with a phone number where she could be reached for monitoring.

It was Lohan’s first appearance in court since completing 35 days of house arrest. Her attorney, Shawn Holley, noted the actress was prohibited from doing community service during that time.

Lohan, 25, has completed one of four anti-shoplifting classes. Sautner said she must complete the rest before returning to court on Oct. 19.

Holley said her client is having trouble enrolling in court-ordered psychological counseling. Sautner agreed that the actress should not have to enroll in group treatment, but said Lohan must find someone to counsel her within three weeks.

Lohan cannot afford to pay a psychiatrist who was previously treating her but would find a new program shortly, Holley said.

The actress remains on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case and a misdemeanor grand theft case in which she pleaded no contest in May to taking a $2,500 necklace without permission.

In the newly filed lawsuit, court records show Dawn Holland, who is now using her maiden name Bradley, sued Lohan claiming assault and battery. A full copy of the suit was not immediately available.

Bradley’s attorney, Owen McIntosh, said his client requires surgery on her wrist for an injury sustained in the incident.

“This is a very real injury,” he told The Associated Press.

Steve Honig, a spokesman for Lohan, declined comment on the case.

Police did not charge Lohan in the incident, and Bradley was fired from Betty Ford Center for discussing it on camera with celebrity website TMZ.

Bradley had been attempting to administer a breathalyzer test on the actress, who had missed curfew and was with two other girls who admitted drinking that night, according to a probation report.


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Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.